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The Business Case for 21st Century Charities

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?

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.

Bring the Maverick out

Elizabeth Gore | Posted 09.20.2013 | TED Weekends
Elizabeth Gore

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgI was very nervous to ask our leadership and board to give up $350,000 in those bed nets to pay for the overhead and infrastructure of creating a public campaign to raise awareness on malaria prevention

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?