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 [email protected].

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 there are more sustainable solutions available....

Time's Up for Philanthropy, Too

Time's Up for Philanthropy, Too

Pamela Shifman   |   April 11, 2018

#MeToo has opened the floodgates for decisive action, argues the NoVo Foundation's Pamela Shifman, and it is philanthropy's turn to reckon with its past and commit to a better future....

Strategic Collaboration: Leveraging Dollars for Impact

Strategic Collaboration: Leveraging Dollars for Impact

Elaine E. Katz   |   March 22, 2018

While foundations have warmed up to the idea of public/private partnerships, too many programs still depend on uni-dimensional funding models that fail to produce meaningful change, writes Katz....

Building City Leadership to Combat Human Trafficking

Building City Leadership to Combat Human Trafficking

Catherine Chen   |   February 22, 2018

Catherine Chen, director of investments at Humanity United, explains what her organization will be doing to help three U.S. cities — Atlanta, Chicago, and Minneapolis — address the problem of human trafficking....

At What Cost 'Mission'?

At What Cost 'Mission'?

Mark Rosenman   |   January 11, 2018

In his latest, frequent contributor Mark Rosenman asks whether we should support exempt organizations' single-minded pursuit of funding for their mission if comes at the expense of the public good....

Thoughts on 'As the South Grows'

Thoughts on 'As the South Grows'

Allen Smart   |   January 9, 2018

Allen Smart, a former vice president at the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust and Rapides Foundation, shares his thoughts on the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy's As the South Grows report and the need for more and better philanthropic investments in the region....

Now More Than Ever, Foundations Need to Step Up for Democracy

Now More Than Ever, Foundations Need to Step Up for Democracy

Mark Rosenman   |   December 21, 2017

Mark Rosenman, a professor emeritus at the Union Institute & University, calls on nonprofit and philanthropic organizations to build "people power" through democratic action, with robust support for democratic institutions and civic engagement....