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Dan Pallotta

You Don't Want Charities to Be Efficient

Brady Josephson | Posted 05.09.2015 | Impact
Brady Josephson

I realize not every organization has $500,000 just lying around to invest in growing their revenue base but you're missing the point. We've built a charitable system that isn't encouraging organizations to think like that.

TED's Chris Anderson

Ann Paisley Chandler | Posted 12.16.2014 | Impact
Ann Paisley Chandler

Chris Anderson is the curator of the TED Conference, a conference that explores the power of ideas to make a difference in the world. Anderson was bo...

Conference to Fill Gap in Social Impact

Simon Rycraft | Posted 06.08.2014 | Impact
Simon Rycraft

For the second year running, Wharton is bringing together a community of socially innovative thinkers who understand that what is good for society is also good for business, by hosting the student-led Social Impact Conference at its San Francisco campus on April 10, 2014.

When You Believe in Something Enough, Drop Everything and GO FOR IT!

Rich Polt | Posted 05.07.2014 | Impact
Rich Polt

Gloria left her full time marketing job in August of last year to become a Digital Activist Fellow with the Polaris Project, an organization in the global fight against human trafficking and modern-day slavery.

The New Four-Letter Word In The Nonprofit Sector

Renee C. Herrell | Posted 04.13.2014 | Impact
Renee C. Herrell

The "overhead myth" is centered on the idea that nonprofits are valued by how little they spend on overhead. Overhead includes salaries for non-program management, office space, office technology and office supplies -- the non-sexy budget line items of a nonprofit organization.

There Is No Need for a Culture of Martyrdom

Andrew_Yang | Posted 12.17.2013 | TED Weekends

I wanted to be a good non-profit leader, which cut against my instincts as a corporate leader. Why were the two so different?

Ill Will for Goodwill

Jeff Norman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Jeff Norman

Generally, nobody seems to think anything is wrong with doing volunteer work for a nonprofit. Would it satisfy critics, then, if Goodwill were to pay nothing rather than a small stipend?

Change Our Thinking, Change Our World

Jean Case | Posted 11.26.2013 | TED Weekends
Jean Case

Rather than holding the expectation that nonprofits are good at stretching charitable dollars by doing more with less, it's time to expect more.

Reinventing the Role of Charitable Giving in a World of Accelerating Change

Valeria Budinich | Posted 09.25.2013 | TED Weekends
Valeria Budinich

If Pallotta's recommendations are taken seriously by philanthropy's leaders, they'd be important steps improving the sector's impact.

Aristotle, Pallotta, and the Whole Enchilada

Thomas Cathcart | Posted 09.24.2013 | TED Weekends
Thomas Cathcart

If I'm acting out of altruism, why should I be expected to generously concede that the executives should make a lot of money? If they don't believe in the cause enough to be motivated by altruism, why should I be?

A-lot-a Pallotta, But Very Little to Charity

Ken Berger | Posted 09.24.2013 | TED Weekends
Ken Berger

Yes, we know Dan says people should look at results rather than overhead; but if you look under the hood for details, there is little in his argument on exactly how to go about measuring those results.

Getting the Facts Straight About the Nonprofit Sector

Phil Buchanan | Posted 11.23.2013 | TED Weekends
Phil Buchanan

It's absurd to cite the fact that social problems persist as evidence of the nonprofit sector's failings; indeed, it's fair to ask, how much worse might they be without the work of nonprofits?

Human Nature and Charity

Kevin Richberg | Posted 11.22.2013 | TED Weekends
Kevin Richberg

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgHuman nature is inexorably fused with any charity, no matter how it is run. And human nature's drivers of selfishness, greed, emotion, altruism, and society (the human predisposition for associated living) are biologically incapable of being removed from the equation.

It Is Time to Get Rid of the Word 'Charity'

Bhaskar Chakravorti | Posted 11.22.2013 | TED Weekends
Bhaskar Chakravorti

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgDan Pallotta is asking the right question: what prevents social innovation from scaling up? But he is looking for answers in the wrong places.

Changing the Game

Mark Edwards | Posted 09.22.2013 | TED Weekends
Mark Edwards

Our culture has created a false choice between doing good for ourselves and doing good for others. It's not a choice at all. What is good for others is also good for us.

Receiving and Giving: Perspectives on Philanthropy

James R. Doty, M.D. | Posted 09.22.2013 | TED Weekends
James R. Doty, M.D.

Can the best and the brightest be blamed for not choosing to dedicate their lives to charitable or nonprofit causes because they don't want live at the poverty level?

To Get Beyond Two Percent, We Have to Go Beyond Giving

Eric Kessler | Posted 09.21.2013 | TED Weekends
Eric Kessler

Imagine you were considering investing in a company and found out that it didn't bother buying up-to-date technology, paying its employees competitive wages, or seeking out the best management practices. Would you still invest?

The Irony of Overhead

Jacob Harold | Posted 11.21.2013 | TED Weekends
Jacob Harold

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgThe shift to a results-based approach to philanthropy will take time, but the path ahead is clear.

Are We Measuring The Real Impact Of Charity?

Jacob Lief | Posted 11.20.2013 | TED Weekends
Jacob Lief

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgYou cannot raise a healthy, stable child in a 12-month grant cycle, and you can't drive lasting, community-focused change by conforming to status quo ideas.

A $50 Lesson on How to Give

Phil Butler | Posted 09.20.2013 | TED Weekends
Phil Butler

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgControl has become the Catch 22 of giving. And then we wonder why the problems of the world are never fixed, why does everything we do and give, never seem to change the world?

Measuring Success in the Social Sector: Depends on Who's Asking

Atul Tandon | Posted 11.04.2013 | Impact
Atul Tandon

This enormous sector is in the midst of a revolution unprecedented in our nation's history. Within a few years -- certainly within a generation -- most Americans' views of the success or failure of charities likely will change.

How a TED Talk Destroyed the Charity Overhead Myth

Trevor Neilson | Posted 06.18.2013 | Impact
Trevor Neilson

Overhead ratios are attractive to those looking for a quick uninformed analysis of non-profits because they are simple. It's much harder to measure sustained results.

Expert: The Nonprofit Sector Isn't Working | Posted 03.04.2013 | Impact

The nonprofit sector as we know it isn’t working. In the United States, poverty has been stuck at 12% for the last 40 years. Homelessness has not be...

Administrative Costs and Overhead

Paul Brest | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Paul Brest

Don't yawn and click on another link -- administrative costs and overhead sound really boring, but they're critically important for nonprofit organizations and also for donors.