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.

Thinking of Starting Your Own Nonprofit? Think Again.

Thinking of Starting Your Own Nonprofit? Think Again.

Susan Danish   |   April 21, 2014

Every year, Americans start thousands of nonprofit organizations. Some are dedicated to eradicating disease, others to addressing social issues such as poverty, homelessness, or gun violence....

Financing Sustainable Development Around the World

Financing Sustainable Development Around the World

Tensie Whelan   |   April 10, 2014

More than two billion people around the world are dependent for their livelihoods on five hundred million smallholder farms. Yet these smallholder farmers, who typically have less than five acres under cultivation, operate far below their potential because they lack access to the technical assistance and credit they need to implement better farm management practices....

The Smartest Investment We Could Make: The Future of Girls

The Smartest Investment We Could Make: The Future of Girls

Anand K. Parekh   |   March 28, 2014

As the father of two young girls, there is no greater joy for me than to see them smile and thrive. This is why I often remember former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan's words: "There is no policy for progress more effective than the empowerment of women and girls. A nation that neglects its children, especially girls, is a nation that neglects its future and development"....

Women on the Front Lines of ACA Implementation

Women on the Front Lines of ACA Implementation

Ellen Liu   |   March 23, 2014

Women have a lot to celebrate this month. March is Women's History Month, and March 23 marks the fourth anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Over the past five years, the Ms. Foundation for Women has been funding outreach and advocacy efforts to ensure that women and women's health services are a central part of implementation of the ACA....

Amy Chung (top) and Jed Emerson

Catalyzing Impact Investments Through Coordinated Grantmaking

Amy Chung, Jed Emerson   |   March 18, 2014

Philanthropy and the practice of grantmaking traditionally have been very separate from traditional investing in both culture and approach, but the emerging field of impact investing invites a productive collaboration between these two disciplines. Indeed, in an increasingly resource-constrained world, the ability to drive more impact investments into the communities and issues we care about is imperative....

Trust and Corruption

Trust and Corruption

Mark Rosenman   |   March 12, 2014

Self-serving and dishonest actions in both the public and private sectors are severely testing the trust and confidence of Americans. That's a problem for government, for the criminal justice system, for business leaders, and, yes, for the nonprofit sector....

Philanthropy, the Affordable Care Act, and Boys and Men of Color

Philanthropy, the Affordable Care Act, and Boys and Men of Color

Jordan Medina   |   February 27, 2014

The United States faces a crisis. We have a staggering racial wealth gap — for every $1 a white family has in assets, the median Latino family has about 7 cents, while the median black family has less than 6 cents....

'A Small Committed Minority of Believers'

'A Small Committed Minority of Believers'

Shawn Dove   |   February 18, 2014

A generation ago, Martin Luther King, Jr. asserted in Where Do We Go From Here, Chaos or Community? that "it will take...a small committed minority [of believers] to work unrelentingly to win the uncommitted majority....

Minding the Ps and Ts of Funder Collaboration

Minding the Ps and Ts of Funder Collaboration

Jennifer James, Nancy Jamison   |   December 16, 2013

If you are a grantmaker or work in the field of philanthropy, you understand the value of working with other funders and stakeholders to achieve shared goals. You're probably very familiar with the need to avoid working in "silos"; the power of "collaboration"; and how those things differ from "collective impact." And you almost certainly can relate to the fact that all of it is easier said than done....

Towards Greater Transparency in Philanthropy

Towards Greater Transparency in Philanthropy

Mary Granville   |   December 12, 2013

The Institute for Philanthropy has released a new report, Towards Greater Transparency in Philanthropy, that looks at the attitudes of individual donors toward sharing information about their giving....

Mark Rosenman

Philanthropy Not Talking Power

Mark Rosenman   |   November 8, 2013

In a way, foundations are partly to blame for the dysfunction in Congress. After all, conservative-leaning foundations helped build the Tea Party movement and are still supporting it and many like-minded organizations....