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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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Pallotta creates a well researched and defended position on how success is hampered by risk-averse culture that often exists at charitable organizations. It is a totally incomplete history and he pallottw have been better to leave it out because it does not seem to be believable to blame the entire problem on a group that originated years ago.

The nonprofit world needs a makeover, and there is no reason dam capitalism can’t be used to improve the lives of others. Wed, 26 Dec My nearly 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector tells me that the author clearly identifies some key problems and has a good line on the source of the problems. My question is – if the solutions he came up with were so obvious and innovative, then when his company was forced to close pallottw doors, there should have been countless imitators, regardless of the risks and bad press – indeed, he unchaditable have sparked a revolution in thinking about nonprofits.

It was just annoying, even if it was true. This books main points is that charities need to be able to dwn like for-profit companies in some respects in order to maximize their effectiveness as a charity.

I was especially intrigued by his theory that the for-profit sector represents traditional puritanical male roles competitive, innovative, etc. Let’s not forget that nonprofits ARE businesses and that they need to pay competitive salaries so people don’t have to choose between jobs that help others and jobs that allow them to put food on the table. I agree with most of the unchaditable criticism of the nonprofit sector’s current environment.

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The solutions don’t feel as fully formed, but that simply means that there is more work to do. According to their website, their mission is “to change the way people think about changing the world”. Not allowing nonprofits to utilize the tools of capitalism has held them 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.


Not a great worldview if we want to eradicate poverty. It seemed to never occur to him that they just might be the experts in their own lives and have innovations and solutions for the problems they face. Additionally, Pallotta comes off as a good bit whiny and defensive, rather than reflective and proactive.

The Double Standard

This book recognizes the restraints and stereotypes of nonprofit organizations and urges readers to re-think their views on nonprofits and charities. Pallotta describes how governmental and societal restrictions on nonprofits hamper their ability to make a difference on a large scale, all because of antiquated Puritanical values, of which most Americans are not consciously aware. View related content by region and theme.

There’s a lively discussion that I’m a part of on the Hauser blogspecifically centered on compensation – definitely check it out. How much of my donation goes to the charitable purpose versus overhead or administration?

However, I do agr While Pallotta makes a good point that it is an uphill battle to try to solve the issues of capitalism without using the tools of capitalism, it is also true that some nonprofits do not believe in reinforcing using the tools of capitalism. The author repeatedly mentions his Ivy League education and the fact that he could have made dozens of millions of dollars a year in the private sector instead of martyring himself to the nonprofit cause for only about half a million dollars a year.

So what does charity and the individual uncharitxble to do in order to further the case of non-profits.

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

Comments 1 Trackbacks 0. His book provocatively challenges traditional views of how charities should operate and provides a thought-provoking alternative.

His argument could be furthered ironically, considering his disdain for regulation and oversight by advocating for the implementation of some sort of federal oversight for compiling reliable data on pallota work of charity agencies and streamlining what kinds of figures they report.

Dec 31, Matt rated it it was ok Dann I continue to be dismayed by the attachment that some people have to the potentially contaminating effects of higher compensation in the sector. May 26, Angie rated it it was ok. Jun 23, Anna rated it really liked it. It felt much more original and full of This book took me a while to get through.


Pallotta reviews ;allotta frugal, almost prudish constraints the public expects from nonprofits, everything from a ban on paid advertising to substandard wages for nonprofit employees. Please help by adding reliable sources. The book is based on a series of what seem to me to be false, and outdated, premises:. Pallotta makes a great argument against using overhead spending as a measure of nonprofit efficiency and effectiveness.

I have not been very charitable about Uncharitable. Luckily, since the book has been published, all three major charity watchdogs in the US, Charity Navigator, Guidestar, and the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance, have come together in opposition of using only this measure to rate the performance of charities, and have published public letters to donors in and nonprofits themselves in saying so.

They’re extremely open to another way. 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. Those caveats aside, I’m glad I read this book and I hope that more people who are involved in charitable work read it.

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This is great for all my do-gooder friends and those of you working for or looking to work for a nonprofit and even those of you who believe that nonprofit organizations do not and should not operate similarly to corporations and for-profit organizations.

Jan 17, Casey rated it liked dna Shelves: How restraints on nonprofits undermine their potential by Dan Pallotta. This book also details the pitfalls of using the tools of capitalism successfully to raise millions of dollars for social change under the current Puritanical mores of American society and under the current legislative restrictions by which nonprofit corporations must abide.

As for the advertising, it was primarily on radio stations and in major metro papers, like the Boston Globe which earned a profit off of the advertising – it always began with compelling statistics about AIDS and breast cancer. This author seemed to think that making the same 3 points over and over under different chapter headings was the same as writing a book.

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