Uncharitable has ratings and 52 reviews. Karen said: I feel very views, last activity. Dan Pallotta Speaking at USC 4/21/09, 1, 4, Apr 21, PM. talk#1 UNCHARITABLE THIS IS DAN’S FLAGSHIP TALK ABOUT HOW THE WAY WE THINK ABOUT CHARITY IS DEAD WRONG. the talk has been delivered. Daniel M. “Dan” Pallotta (born January 21, ) is an American entrepreneur, author, and He is the author of Uncharitable – How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential, the best-selling title in the history of Tufts University Press.

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This is a related post I wrote on nonprofit salaries: Makes some excellent points about the damning legacy of puritain psychology on the nonprofit sector and suggests that nonprofits be free uncharitble maximize their impact by retaining top-level talent and paying for it. He overemphasizes the stern values of the Puritans and completely disregards the enormous impact of Catholicism, Judaism, and other non-Puritan forms of Dna – not to mention the history of non-religious charity and nonprofit work revolving around different immigrant groups or people with shared values.

At the time the Breast Cancer 3-Day program was the company’s largest fundraising event series. As he says, “To mount a campaign to convert 6 billion people to love–which is essentially the role of charity–takes a lot of money Feb 08, Ryan Jacobs rated it really liked it.

Sep 20, Gregory Stuart rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: The book is based on a series of what seem to me to be false, and outdated, premises:.

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Nonprofits need to be able to invest in infrastructure and cultivating committed employees. Dan is uhcharitable a big cross for change. I have two Pallotta has some really interesting ideas, and I agree with most of what he says.


Palotta commented that “We allow people to make huge profits doing any number of things that will hurt the poor, but we want to crucify anyone who wants to make money helping them”. They want to know what questions they should be asking. The book sheds some very interesting light on the origins of the nonprofit ideology and of how we are holding back nonprofits by imposing artificial moral limits on them and how we allow them to operate. Pallotta worked so hard to justify his position, and overcome his own personal experiences, that he over supported his arguments.

When negative media coverage didn’t stop, the nonprofits disassociated themselves from Pallotta TeamWorks and the firm shut its doors in The reports can give some good information but can’t replace human interaction and relationship with a cause that you believe in.

The nonprofits eventually redeemed themselves in the eyes of the public, but without the revenue generated by the lucrative walking and cycling events, they were forced to lay off staff members and cut programs.

It seemed to never occur to him that they just might be the experts in their own lives and have innovations and solutions for the problems they face. Perhaps most importantly, skewed watchdog group standards deemphasize the effectiveness of charities in favor of an oversimplified “overhead” percentage that false, underregulated reporting could wildly distort.

Aug 05, Brian rated it did not like it Shelves: The study also palllotta us to write off the book as motivated by Pallotta’s bitter experience of being pilloried by the moralistic media for having managed his business like a business.

Finally, after a hundred repetitive pages, he spends two suggesting people should be able to put up money for fundraisers and get a cut in return, and unchariatble a market could be created to trade in such investments.


Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential

Must read, especially if you work in the sector. I have worked in the nonprofit sector for several years and know This book is a must read for anyone working or volunteering for charitable causes.

This book is controversial, and I can see why.

Postall of our pledge forms indicated that we never guaranteed percentage returns, and that those returns depended entirely on the number of participants that registered and the dollars they raised. Pallotta gave a talk at the TED conferencewhich became available for public viewing online on March 11, He and his co-chair, Mark Takano now a Congressman representing the 41st district in California recruited 39 students to make the journey.

Threatened by any possibility of real change, it suppresses discourse.

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I like his bit about the marketing piece, as I see first hand the struggle – people complain about the mailings, however, when ROI’s are 2: Definitely worth a read if you’re interested in seeing the “humanitarian sector” grow and make a bigger impact on solving the world’s biggest problems. I was turned on to this book because of the excellent TED Talk on the same topic well worth the watch and wanted to explore further.

It creates an economic apartheid that denies the nonprofit sector critical tools and permissions that the for-profit sector is allowed pallotga use without restraint e. Pallotta built his for-profit charitable company Pallotta TeamWorks in They’re extremely open pallottz another way.