Over the past few years the IRS has virtually stopped approving 501(c)(3) status for nonprofit news organizations. Even when applications for 501(c)(3) status aren't rejected outright, they are stacking up, unacted upon, for months and even years.
The public is increasingly curious about what we're up to -- an interest fueled by politicians who imagine that philanthropy is a big pot of money waiting to be spent to alleviate government budget strains.
Philanthropy and the communities it serves have suffered too long from a lack of leadership on numerous issues. Despite advances made in other sectors, philanthropy still lags in diversity and inclusiveness, and in funding that benefits lower-income communities and communities of color.
Al Gore and Geoffrey Canada argue that the next generation will tackle the problems left by baby boomers. But Gore worries about the enormity of the problems and Canada wonders whether our education system will prepare them.
Foundation leaders can no longer assume that policymakers share their view of the sector's role -- it is up to these leaders to tell philanthropy's story in a way that can be appreciated and understood.