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 kyoko.uchida@candid.org.

Students still need emergency aid. Funders must step up to fill the gap.

Students still need emergency aid. Funders must step up to fill the gap.

Vinice Davis, Jessica Haselton August 26, 2020

Davis, a venture partner at Imaginable Futures and an investor in Edquity, and Haselton, director of Education Innovation Ventures at ECMC Foundation and an Edquity board member, call for greater philanthropic investment in emergency COVID-19 relief aid for students who are ineligible for federal programs as well as student-parents who have additional financial needs....

Addressing domestic violence by preventing homelessness

Addressing domestic violence by preventing homelessness

Richard Thomason, Krista Niemczyk August 24, 2020

Thomason, director of policy at Blue Shield of California Foundation, and Niemczyk, public policy director at California Partnership to End Domestic Violence, make the case for the Domestic Violence Housing First model, which possible for survivors of domestic violence to leave an unsafe relationship without being forced into homelessness....

Participatory design approaches to impact investing

Participatory design approaches to impact investing

Sean Hinton, John Gaventa August 17, 2020

Sean Hinton, co-director of the Economic Justice Program at the Open Society Foundations and CEO of the Soros Economic Development Fund, and John Gaventa, a professor at the Institute of Development Studies, outline how an effective participatory approach could be integrated throughout the life-cycle of an impact investment....

60 percent of teens are not thriving: it's time to prioritize teen mental health and well-being

60 percent of teens are not thriving: it's time to prioritize teen mental health and well-being

Benjamin F. Miller, Denise Dougherty August 5, 2020

Miller, a psychologist and chief strategy officer of Well Being Trust, and Dougherty, a senior scholar in residence at AcademyHealth, call for promoting teen-focused health policies at all levels of government and enacting solutions that address existing gaps, from education and digital life to teen welfare and foster care....

Leading in solidarity to reshape the nonprofit ecosystem

Leading in solidarity to reshape the nonprofit ecosystem

Donna Murray-Brown, Allandra Bulger, Madhavi Reddy, Shamyle Dobbs, Yodit Mesfin Johnson July 29, 2020

Five women of color leading five organizations deeply embedded in the nonprofit ecosystem of Detroit and southeast Michigan share their insights into what it means to work in solidarity, starting with the recognition that the missions, needs, and survivability of community-based nonprofits are interconnected....

Uplifting the LGBTQ+ community in the nonprofit sector

Uplifting the LGBTQ+ community in the nonprofit sector

Viet VoPham July 24, 2020

VoPham, a marketing specialist at Candid, outlines some of the things organizations can do to support LGBTQ+ equality, racial and gender justice, and an America where all people, regardless of skin color or sexual orientation, can realize their full potential....

We need more than COVID charity; it’s time for systems change

We need more than COVID charity; it’s time for systems change

Rhett Mabry, Laura Gerald July 7, 2020

The presidents of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust and the Duke Endowment call on foundations, government, and business leaders to continue to work together beyond the COVID-19 crisis to advance systemic changes and address disparities among communities of color, rural residents, elders, children, and families with low incomes, starting with access to quality, affordable health insurance and care....

Uniting to protect and empower women Is everyone's responsibility

Uniting to protect and empower women Is everyone's responsibility

S. Mona Sinha June 24, 2020

The board chair of Women Moving Millions calls for trust-based investment in grassroots organizations led by women who are proximate to the issues rooted in gender discrimination as the only long-term, sustainable answer to centuries of patriarchy and white privilege....

The solution for saving mom-and-pop businesses

The solution for saving mom-and-pop businesses

John Hamilton June 9, 2020

The vice president of economic opportunity at the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund calls for mobilizing private capital to help small businesses — especially those led by women and people of color — and urges impact investors to look to CDFIs....

COVID-19 is prompting a global response from impact investors

COVID-19 is prompting a global response from impact investors

Giselle Leung June 5, 2020

Leung, a managing director of the Global Impact Investing Network, argues that the global post-pandemic recovery will require the full spectrum of capital, from philanthropic to commercial, and blended-finance structures — long noted for their potential to bring different types of investors together to address urgent challenges — could rise to a new level of prominence....