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For the Public Good? Nonprofits and Political Donations

Robert A.G. Monks | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics
Robert A.G. Monks

The recent brouhaha about the IRS unfairly scrutinizing conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status illustrates just how sticky -- and political -- nonprofit and charitable status has become.

Nonprofits Enter New Era of "Pay for Success"

William Pinakiewicz | Posted 11.25.2013 | Impact
William Pinakiewicz

As demand for vital social services for vulnerable communities increases, and funding for these services decreases, we must find more cost-effective ways to address critical needs.

Soldier Suicides: The Preventable Epidemic

Evan Bailyn | Posted 11.25.2013 | Impact
Evan Bailyn

It's incumbent on all of us to get involved and support our soldiers whether or not we agree with our country's military actions, whether or not we have service members in our own families. We must demand answers and options.

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?

The World Needs You to Come Alive

Jacqueline Herrera | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
Jacqueline Herrera

I think of all my passionate, socially conscious peers who are doing data entry in a cubicle or working at a bank, and wonder what happened to their passion to change the world, to help others. I'll go ahead and take a guess: fear.

This Week in Seeding the Change: Seeding Individual and Collective Transformation

Ari Nessel | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week's grantees all offer transformations and transformative experiences, from teaching their community to care for the earth to physical, emotional, and intellectual transformations. Here are the extraordinary people and ideas changing the world this week.

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.

WATCH: Why I Think Nonprofits Should Act More Like Businesses

Dan Pallotta | Posted 11.20.2013 | TED Weekends
Dan Pallotta

2013-09-19-pallottapull.jpgCould it be that everything we've been taught about charity, and about giving, and about change is backwards? Is it possible that in the name of an ethic we are actually prolonging the suffering of millions of adults and children the world over?

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?

As Afghan Girls Become Women, Their Dreams Hang in the Balance

Kieran McConville | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Kieran McConville

Upon puberty, it becomes generally unacceptable for girls to be taught by a man unless women are present. This means that for millions of girls in rural Afghanistan, their entry into womanhood results in their exit from the education system.

Can the Philanthropic Community Find Its Courage and Become More Effective?

Aaron Dorfman | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Aaron Dorfman

Today, our nation faces new mega-challenges: global warming, worsening income inequality and widespread (often intentional) voter disenfranchisement, to name the most obvious. Will today's foundations do their part to overcome these challenges?

Stone Soup and the Power of Collective Enoughness

Hildy Gottlieb | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Hildy Gottlieb

Our power together lies not just in our abilities but in our collective resources. As a community, we already have so much of what we need. Because together, there is always enough. It is only on our own that we experience scarcity.

Curbs on Social-Welfare Groups Would Deprive Everyday Citizens of a Voice

Nan Aron | Posted 11.18.2013 | Politics
Nan Aron

The Internal Revenue Service's clumsy handling of applications for social-welfare status in 2012 has triggered a rash of fevered responses along with some serious policy proposals.

5 Reasons for Hope From a Gathering of Nonprofit Leaders

Spencer Critchley | Posted 11.17.2013 | Impact
Spencer Critchley

People who set out to change the world often get the feeling they may have to settle for a few square feet. That's why an event like this year's Nonprofit Management Institute conference is so welcome.

This Week in Seeding the Change: Solving Global Problems, Starting at Home

Ari Nessel | Posted 11.12.2013 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This weeks' grantees show us that often the best person to solve a global problem is a person who has experienced it firsthand. These people -- from rural Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria and the U.S. -- are all taking on human rights, personal development and environmental challenges.

Sejal Hathi's Sisterhood

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 11.11.2013 | Impact
Peter A. Georgescu

At 21, Sejal Hathi still has the voice of a teenager, but she's as articulate and confident as a seasoned entrepreneur -- which is exactly what she is. When she was only 15, she founded Girls Helping Girls, offering a sisterhood of emotional support.

Are Nonprofits Designed to Fail?

Spencer Critchley | Posted 11.10.2013 | Impact
Spencer Critchley

Too often, the starfish story is told to justify a charitable effort that's not making real change. When our starfish rescuer shows up for work tomorrow, there's going to be a whole new batch of starfish.