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].

What Recent Tax Law Reforms Mean for Art Donors

What Recent Tax Law Reforms Mean for Art Donors

Bill Fleming   |   October 25, 2006

Over the past several years, Congress has grown increasingly concerned about "loopholes" in charitable contribution deductions. These concerns have been fueled, in part, by IRS audit results and articles in the mainstream press....

Corporate Funders Should Entrust Arts Funding to Their Employees

Corporate Funders Should Entrust Arts Funding to Their Employees

Mary Pickard   |   October 18, 2006

Corporate philanthropy serves shareholders, employees, customers, and communities. Supporting the cultural heritage of the company's hometown and embracing the way in which one's community is changing are key to building goodwill....

Empowering the Arts for America's Future

Empowering the Arts for America's Future

Christopher Schram   |   October 10, 2006

At some point in their childhood, artists exhibit specific talents or express an interest in developing one. Parents go to work finding teachers, schools, and summer camps that provide training and nurturing....

Marrying Culture and Commerce in Today's Museums

Marrying Culture and Commerce in Today's Museums

Patricia Mooradian   |   September 28, 2006

Museum leaders today must fight a two-front war — the well-known mission battle and the financial stability and growth battle. Finding a balance between the two requires uniting culture and commerce....

Katrina, One Year Later: What Have We Learned?

Katrina, One Year Later: What Have We Learned?

Tiziana Dearing   |   August 29, 2006

Some anniversaries are decidedly inauspicious but must be observed anyway. Such is the case with Hurricane Katrina, which struck the Gulf Coast a year ago, killing more than 1,600 people and causing economic losses approaching $140 billion....

Nonprofit 2.0: Advancing Philanthropy Online

Nonprofit 2.0: Advancing Philanthropy Online

Keith Taylor   |   August 27, 2006

It sometimes seems as though the Internet impacts virtually every aspect of our lives. We bank, we shop, we socialize, and now we donate online. Over the past few years, the nonprofit community has embraced the Internet to reach more donors and has effectively used technology to make giving easier and more convenient....

Bringing More Buffetts to the Table

Bringing More Buffetts to the Table

Carla E. Dearing   |   July 11, 2006

Warren Buffett's historic $31 billion gift to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation raises urgent questions about what the Third Sector can do to engage more wealthy individuals....

Defusing the Child Obesity Bomb

Defusing the Child Obesity Bomb

C.T. O'Donnell II   |   May 26, 2006

Ask a thousand doctors what the single greatest health challenge facing America's children today is and most won't need to think twice: Childhood obesity. In the past twenty years, the number of overweight children has tripled, and epidemiologists warn of an impending epidemic of obesity-related problems....

Hearing Health: Changing Perceptions From Ho Hum to "Code Red"

Hearing Health: Changing Perceptions From Ho Hum to "Code Red"

Christa S. Nuber, Daniel Graham   |   May 19, 2006

Hearing loss can profoundly affect one's experience of life, from the ability to communicate with others to the enjoyment of nature and one's environment. Many donors have experienced firsthand the frustration and isolation associated with hearing loss, as well as the relief and life-changing benefits of timely, quality treatment....

Social Workers in Health Care Are Not Expendable

Social Workers in Health Care Are Not Expendable

Elizabeth J. Clark   |   May 19, 2006

In March 2005, the National Association of Social Workers and six major social work organizations held a Congress of Social Work that convened four hundred of the profession's top leaders to discuss what was happening with social services in the U.S....

My Road to Help Combat HIV/AIDS in Kenya

My Road to Help Combat HIV/AIDS in Kenya

Dannette Hill   |   May 19, 2006

World Health Day meant more to me this year than it ever has. Having just returned to the U.S. after spending six months in Kenya as a Pfizer Global Health Fellow, it was a reminder of how little I knew, before I left for Nairobi, about the public health challenges the developing world faces....

Meeting in the Middle: Creating the Biomedical Workforce of the Future

Meeting in the Middle: Creating the Biomedical Workforce of the Future

Peter J. Bruns   |   May 12, 2006

Biomedical science is advancing at a record pace and undergoing fundamental changes along the way. Divisions between various branches of biology are weakening, while connections between biology and physical science, engineering, and mathematics are strengthening....

Mother's Day Can Be a Day of Mourning in the World's Poorest Countries

Mother's Day Can Be a Day of Mourning in the World's Poorest Countries

Anne Tinker, Charles MacCormack   |   May 12, 2006

It is life's most basic relationship: a mother and her newborn. Yet, as we celebrate Mother's Day in the United States, how many of us fully understand the needless tragedy that so many mothers face every day around the world the loss of their babies due to preventable causes or the lack of basic health care?...

Uzbekistan: Democratization or Business as Usual?

Uzbekistan: Democratization or Business as Usual?

Jeff Erlich   |   May 5, 2006

Shortly before being expelled from Uzbekistan, I visited the government-run AIDS center in Termez, on the border with Afghanistan. Virtually everything of value in the center's decrepit Soviet-era office bore the insignia of USAID....