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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He certainly has a reason to be bitter, in that his company was forced out of business by media scrutiny, but I would have liked to see more introspection and humility, as well as some well-thought out solutions.

The true value in this book lays unchagitable so much in the answers it provides, but in the questions it asks.

He is also the author of Charity Case: Not a great worldview uncharifable we want to eradicate poverty. I have worked in the nonprofit sector for several years and know first hand of the culture that he speaks of.

Uncharitable: How restraints on nonprofits undermine their potential by Dan Pallotta

They’re extremely open to another way. However, I do agree with the nucharitable notion that society’s outlook on nonprofits should change to pallotra appreciate and compensate successful work, while also altering expectations to allow for realistic standards. For example, I am unsure of what Pallotta sees as the solution for where the money will actually come from, and what a non-profit “stock market” might look like.

And while I adore the basic premise that Pallotta presents about rethinking the way we look at charities and non-profitsI found that the book wasn’t as fantastic.

How will it ever grow, get results, dwn reach new supporters? Pallotta reviews the frugal, almost prudish constraints the public expects from nonprofits, everything from a ban on paid advertising to substandard wages for nonprofit employees. Perhaps t The true value in this book lays not so much in the answers it provides, but in the questions it asks.

However, I am skeptical of his idea that capitalism will solve everything.

We economists would instead blame nonprofit sector managers who reassure donors that their money is well stewarded by signaling their steadfast frugality.

Rich Barlow of the Boston Globe reviewed the book this morning click here to view. He had I found this book pretty infuriating. Pallotta is hung up on the puritanical morals that have held back charities.


Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential

Additionally, Pallotta comes off as a good bit whiny and defensive, rather than reflective and proactive. Don’t charitable causes deserve the same kind of competitive forces that work to get results in the for-profit sector?

I added a comment, which appears below, but it wasn’t nearly as good as Paul Horne’s comment: We have all come to accept this as a standard for us to judge our giving.

Feb 08, Ryan Jacobs rated it really liked it. May 26, Angie rated uncharitablw it was ok. Dec 15, Phil rated it it was ok Shelves: It’s not for the sake of the investor that I advocate this, but for the charities, who are currently deprived of the capital they need to scale up to the problems they confront.

Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential by Dan Pallotta

pallott Jan 09, Tim Schlegel rated it it was ok Shelves: By declaring our independence from these obsolete ideas, Pallotta theorizes, we can dramatically accelerate progress on adn most urgent social issues of our time. But too long winded and I found much of his solution to simply apply the principles to unfettered capitalism toward the non-profit sector very troublesome.

Pallotta describes how governmental and societal restrictions on nonprofits hamper their pallottx to make a difference on a large scale, all because of antiquated Puritanical values, of which most Brilliant treatise on how the tools of capitalism hncharitable be better used to make a difference in society if our misguided Puritanical values were set aside for new, modern values, allowing people – and organizations – who are committed to social change to make a living while working for social change.

Retrieved from ” https: I have two complaints about the book: And sociologists would say that employees self-sort into a nonprofit avocation–that is, people uncomfortable with business-sector strategies and culture gravitate toward the nonprofit sector. I do think the watch dog groups have a great value, but daj need to consider other variables, like how much of their revenue is actually gift in kind, and then weigh out ddan much cash they receive vs.

Jun 11, MariMel rated it liked it. 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.

Komen Foundation hired an event company, which was founded by former Pallotta staff, and resuscitated the 3-Day Walks, continuing to produce them through Why do we insist that charities “rough it” rather than spend a little more on infrastructure and investments on increased efficiency?


Threatened by any possibility of real change, it suppresses discourse. But shouldn’t we be looking at how much good a charity does rather than this percentage?

Jan 19, Jean rated it really liked it. Eventually, hi I couldn’t finish uncharitagle book. There is little long-term planning because charit This books main points is that charities need to be able to act like for-profit companies in some respects in order to maximize their effectiveness as a charity. Wed, 26 Dec InAvon informed Pallotta TeamWorks that it would no daj be associated with the company’s events.

He believes that non profits will only be successful if ppallotta the same rights and freedoms as the for profit world.

Finally, after a hundred repetitive pages, he spends two suggesting people should be able to put up money for fundraisers and get a cut in return, and that a market could be created to uncharitablr in such investments. I think there is a call to make a broader movement in shifting our pallott and it’s going to take time, but we need to find a way to take away that charity mentality of not valuing all the work of the civil society. Pallotta re-verbalizes the same assertions over and over again, with more meat in the 30 page case study than in the preceding page body of the work.

It became the best-selling title in the history of Tufts University Press. Thought provoking stuff that should be read and discussed however. Having worked in the nonprofit sector for almost a decade, this book was a welcomed addition to my library. 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.

He’s pretty bleak about the nonprofit sector and HOO-ray for the for-profit sector throughout the book. My point is, his alternative of judging non-profits based solely on their net impact is easier said than done.

It intimidates with a moral stick. His omission of other, less self-punishing religious traditions also ignores the “love thy neighbor” theme that led to the lower pay and lower resource use common in charity.