Commentary and Opinion

Philanthropy News Digest invites opinion and commentary on topics of importance to the philanthropic sector. For more information, contact Kyoko Uchida, PND's features editor, at kyu@foundationcenter.org.

The Power of the Arts to Heal

The Power of the Arts to Heal

John Mullaney   |   November 29, 2018

John Mullaney, executive director of the Nord Family Foundation, highlights the role arts programming can play in addressing the trauma and sense of isolation suffered by children who have had Adverse Childhood Experiences and help them build resilience....

Philanthropy Delivers an Outcome — and Its Name Is Brett Kavanaugh

Philanthropy Delivers an Outcome — and Its Name Is Brett Kavanaugh

Bradford K. Smith   |   October 19, 2018

The foundation supporters of the Federalist Society seem to have achieved something monumental by going back to basics, writes Foundation Center president Bradford K. Smith: find an effective organization that shares your goals and provide it with steady, unrestricted, long-term support so it can do its work....

It's Time to Invest in Youth Power

It's Time to Invest in Youth Power

Timothy Silard   |   August 21, 2018

Tim Silard, president of the Rosenberg Foundation, calls on philanthropy to invest in efforts to organize and inspire young people, including young people of color, right now....

On 'Fake' Victories and the Need to Act

On 'Fake' Victories and the Need to Act

Mark Rosenman   |   August 6, 2018

In his latest commentary for PND, Rosenman urges readers to take action against the Trump administration's "war on the poor"....

Philanthropy in the War Zone

Philanthropy in the War Zone

Bradford K. Smith   |   July 18, 2018

In his latest commentary for PND, Foundation Center president Bradford K. Smith has some advice for foundations scrambling to navigate the world of 2018 and beyond....

Disrupting Arts Philanthropy: Five Lessons Learned

Disrupting Arts Philanthropy: Five Lessons Learned

Kiesha Davis   |   July 14, 2018

Kiesha Davis, director of grantmaking and capacity building at Memphis Music Initiative, shares five lessons learned from the organization's efforts to disrupt arts philanthropy....

How to Fix Our Food System

How to Fix Our Food System

Daniel Moss   |   May 4, 2018

Our industrial agricultural systems have reached their sell-by date, argues Daniel Moss, executive director of the AgroEcology Fund, but the good news is that more sustainable solutions are available....