Why Give a Damn:
Everything the donating public has been taught about giving is dysfunctional, says AIDS Ride founder, Dan Pallotta. He aims to transform the way society thinks about charity and giving and change.
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Activist and fundraiser, Dan Pallotta, calls out the double standard that drives societys’ broken relationship with 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.”
“The nonprofit sector is critical to our dream of changing the world. Yet there is no greater injustice than the double standard that exists between the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. One gets to feast on marketing, risk-taking, capital and financial incentive, the other is sentenced to begging,” Dan Pallotta says in discussing his latest book, Charity Case. This economic starvation of our nonprofits is why he believes we are not moving the needle on great social problems. “My goal…is to fundamentally transform the way the public thinks about charity within 10 years.”
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Pallotta is best known for creating the multi-day charitable event industry, and a new generation of philanthropists with the AIDS Rides and Breast Cancer 3-Day events, which raised $582 million in nine years. He is president of Advertising for Humanity, which helps foundations and philanthropists transform the growth potential of their favorite grantees. He is also the founder and President of the Charity Defense Council.
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