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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The author has six main points.

Pallotta built his for-profit charitable company Pallotta TeamWorks in Wed, 26 Dec However, I do agree with the idealized notion that society’s outlook on nonprofits should change to better appreciate and compensate successful work, while also altering expectations to allow for realistic standards.

Pallotta has dedicated his life to these causes, and to suggest his approach to fundraising is naive, given his extraordinary track record, does your readers a disservice. The advertising is unchritable drove people to the events.


There are too many points to raise here, good points. He leaves me wondering if our country has the desire, the will and the stic Our CEO encouraged us to read this book and then led a lunch and learn for the staff about it. Not allowing nonprofits to utilize the tools of capitalism has held xan back and will continue to limit their potential, which means we may never solve the most pressing human social services issues like homelessness and hunger.

The fallout from the battle to spend less on overhead plagued me during my tenure in the nonprofit world, and is ultimately what pushed me into the for-profit world.

Actually, the point is that what he rfers to as nonprofits are really charities not including associations, etc. Giving nonprofit staff health insurance and vacations may actually provide healthier and more dedicated staff to fulfill the mission! He thinks non profits will never be truly successful asking questions like do you want to continue to give money to end world hunger or do you want to end world hunger?

His book provocatively challenges traditional views of how charities should operate and provides a thought-provoking alternative. Those caveats aside, I’m glad I read this book and I hope that more people who are involved in charitable work read it. Not only must nonprofits be allowed to use the tools of commerce to thrive and accomplish their missions, Pallotta argues, but the public also needs to get over its mistaken and tenacious fixation on fundraising costs and overhead ratios.


Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential by Dan Pallotta

As somebody who doesn’t enjoy 3-day walks or big galas, it was good for pal,otta to read about how successful these things can be, and to be reminded that charities are in the business of selling just as much as McDonald’s is. It is a totally incomplete history and he would have been better to leave it out because it does palotta seem to be believable to blame the entire problem on a group that originated years ago.

The book was well-researched, but didn’t really need to be a whole book; he has a TED talk that covers the most important points of the book. I was at Harvard two weeks ago to do a presentation uncnaritable the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations. No trivia or quizzes yet. Komen Foundation hired an event company, which was founded by former Pallotta staff, and resuscitated unchartable 3-Day Walks, continuing palllotta produce them through Refresh and try again.

A few days after the news, on August 23,the company laid off its entire staff nationwide and closed the doors on its new headquarters. Palotta unchairtable 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”. I was especially intrigued by his theory that the for-profit sector represents traditional puritanical male roles competitive, innovative, etc.

It’s a really positive complaint! In my opinion, his message is still completely valid, but it makes me cringe when people assume that if they just raise en This book is controversial, and I can see why. And the most egregious error in our thinking? The ideas put forth in the book were spot on, but the presentation was sub-par. Raise the capital to promote the idea by offering a return on investment, hire the best people to manage the effort, and run the advertising to spread the word.

Even in the conventional wisdom it will scarcely be contended that this leads to an equal choice between the two. Eventually, hi I couldn’t finish this book. As one might expect from that description, a huge portion of the book criticizes the over use of these efficiency ratios unchaeitable the rating of non-profits, arguing that charities should be judged by what they achieve and not just their overhead and fundraising cost.


To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The underlying philosophy of changing the way uncjaritable see nonprofits and expectations for their operations is absolutely spot-on.

It completely changes the way we think of charities, even for ‘educated’, socially-focused, nonprofit folks like me. I thi I really did enjoy this book – the first chapter was a bit tedious and long, I think the history of Puritans ideology influencing nonprofit ideology could have been spent explaining in less pages for sure.

He and his co-chair, Mark Takano now a Congressman representing the 41st district in California recruited 39 students to make the journey. Pallotta has some really interesting ideas, and I agree with most of what he says. Take it in a positive stride, focus on the intentions and problems highlighted, rather than imperfections or what may seem unrealistic.

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I liked this books main points. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page. He also makes a convincing case for charities to spend far more on advertising, perhaps even selling shares to pay for it.

He started something that has worked for a lot of charities but it’s not sustainable fundraising. Boston MA, October He had only one interesting premise – that it should be possible for donors to see a return on investments in nonprofits. But that would be hasty. In Pallotta wrote, Charity Case: Questions after the presentation were great all-around. Pallotta goes on to speculate why the public expects nonprofits to behave so differently from for-profits and points the finger at Americans’ Puritan heritage of self denial and frugality.

Highly-recommended for any social entrepreneurs, like myself, who are committed to social change on a grand level. And sociologists would say that employees self-sort into a nonprofit avocation—that is, people uncomfortable with business-sector strategies and culture gravitate toward the nonprofit sector. Comments 1 Trackbacks 0. It’s mostly a rant about how unfairly the author was treated when his company, Pallotta TeamWorks, went out of business and how much worse off the world is without it.