The way we think about charity is dead wrong | Dan Pallotta



Activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta calls out the double standard that drives our broken relationship to charities. Too many nonprofits, he says, are rewarded for how little they spend — not for what they get done. Instead of equating frugality with morality, he asks us to start rewarding charities for their big goals and big accomplishments (even if that comes with big expenses). In this bold talk, he says: Let’s change the way we think about changing the world.

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  • I really like the idea of doing charitable services running on a for-profit model. That model motivates those involved and gets the job done. A college classmate of mine joined a company that runs on profit to make it logistically easy for parties and businesses to give away leftover food to the needy. The company charges a variable fee to come to the location and pick up the food and deliver it to a homeless shelter.

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  • I read the comment for and against this talk, and I understand where they are coming from. Which is why I conclude that his idea has some good points, but is not innovative enough. I do not think charities based companies is the way to go because they have to much problems, and more than he addressed. The new thing is socially good, for profit companies. For example, for every shoe you buy (of course its going to be overpriced), the company will donate a shoe to someone who needs one. I think this is something the general public can understand the value and want to support.

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  • I think that people forget that there's a lot more to non profits than just taking your money and giving it to people in need, it's all a process. I also don't think that what he's saying is that it's okay there's a huge gap in overhead and distribution but rather that the two work together for a common goal.

  • 3 points/questions:

    1.Risk means that there is a greater chance of losing your money, thus you are compensate more for taking a greater risk. Should charity be taking "risks"?

    2.The greater economy does drive the people as a whole forward. Charities don't generally come up with the breakthroughs, capitalize does. Driving down costs and paying for innovation have created more food, better medicine and better infrastructure to deliver what society needs. Can for-profit and nonprofit play in the same sandbox or are they meant to be separate?

    3. Just like Dan said, it's all about the size of the pie. The 2{2926adbe9d5efe15cdd71803f3adbd0753091c5491a4687b622765a0a93bb12e} of the US GDP today is significantly larger than the 2{2926adbe9d5efe15cdd71803f3adbd0753091c5491a4687b622765a0a93bb12e} of the 70's.

    Bonus, Religion does GREAT charity for humankind in forms of welfare, connecting groups and social standards. No need to talk like they are separate from "charities".

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  • Show me a Private Sector Business that is making Gross Margins in excess of 50{2926adbe9d5efe15cdd71803f3adbd0753091c5491a4687b622765a0a93bb12e}. However, if a Not for Profit is spending 40{2926adbe9d5efe15cdd71803f3adbd0753091c5491a4687b622765a0a93bb12e} on overheads which equates to a 60{2926adbe9d5efe15cdd71803f3adbd0753091c5491a4687b622765a0a93bb12e} Gross Operating Margin we jump up and down and scream foul play. His overall point in this talk is shifting our thinking about Social Innovation. Not for Profits should be viewed as businesses the fundamental difference being that "Profits" should go toward forwarding the cause. His fundamental point in this video is that we don't view NFP sector in this light and perhaps we should.

  • Giving to churches is the same as giving to health and human services. I am healed from depression in part because of a free, underfunded, overworked Christian counselling service not because of anything the medical profession did.

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  • Brilliant! I work in the non-profit world advocating for victims of human trafficking and if the model changed our impact would be greater. Thanks Dan!

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  • #1 argument gay men give to those who hated them over the years is that 'ITS NATURE -I WAS BORN THAT WAY".
    kinda funny gay men find a logic to make it ok for them to have kids….UN NATURALLY !
    people are hypocrite and gay men have the biggest double standard wanting t have the cake and eat it. with kids and with their so called open relationships and on and on.
    hes not in a position to talk about double standards. people give when they get something back. people RUN for cancer only after it affected some people they know. its human !
    period!

  • This is just what I needed to hear and see.
    Dan, thanks for inspire us to dream and for show us a way to support those dreams.
    Blessings.

  • Two problems with charity orginisations for Africa:
    a) Most people, as you say, only donate because they FEEL PITY and want to make themselves feel better
    b) These orginisations are directly responsible for:
    – Destroying the local infrasctructure by making it impossible for local farmers to make profit
    – Directly causing overpopulation, currently the african birth rate is 10 children per family
    – This causes starving children, because there is not enough food imported, and at the same time the importet food destroyed the local infrastructure
    – Massive overpopulation leads to starvation and therefore refugees fleeing the country, bringing unrest and diseases into other countries(as we see in europe atm)

    Conclusion: If you took the propaganda FEELINGS-pill from all the starving kids ads and donate to a charity organisation which intervenes in africa, you are simply dumb and should rethink before acting like a self centered fool.

  • It's weird to me you want to emulate the for-profit sector which is the source of problems the charities are trying to fix. If the for-profit sector wasn't BS you wouldn't need charities cleaning up its mess constantly.

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