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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But despite the massive new infusion of donations generated for these charities, Pallotta reports that the press focused on the costs the events incurred, including those of professional marketing and branding–its message was, Couldn’t that money have gone toward the cause instead?

Perhaps t The true value in this book lays not so much in the answers it provides, but in the questions it asks. Feb 22, Claire rated it it was amazing. We were not required by law to post any of this on our website – we did it because we cared about disclosure. Hardcoverpages. Pallotta goes on to speculate why the public expects nonprofits to behave so differently from for-profits and points the finger at Americans’ Puritan uncharitaboe of self denial and frugality.

As one might expect from that description, a huge portion of the book criticizes the over use of these efficiency ratios in the rating of non-profits, arguing that charities should be judged by what they achieve and not just their overhead and fundraising cost. Jul 17, Wardegus rated it did not like it Shelves: Questions after the presentation were great all-around.

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.

What I also thought the book lacked was a real solution. He also completely disregards the often scandalous nature of nonprofits in pre-WWII America, and how they were at one point generally believed to be a hiding place for wealth.

Additionally, Pallotta comes off as a good bit whiny and defensive, rather than reflective and proactive. They’re extremely unchariitable to another way.

He provides good evidence for this incorrect data reporting, citing the wildly varying “overhead” reports from similar incharitable over the same years. His TED talk is along the same lines as the keynote that I heard him give at the DMA Nonprofit conference and serves as a good introduction to the topic: In my opinion, his message is still completely valid, but it makes me cringe when people assume that if they just raise en This book is controversial, and I can see why.


Again, thank you for the thoughtful review. But that would be hasty. A passionate, thought-provoking look at the nonprofit sector. Aug 04, Lisa rated it really liked it. While the for profit sector is permitted to use all the tools of capitalism to advance the sale of consumer goods, the nonprofit sector is prohibited from using any of them to fight hunger or disease.

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

Not only must nonprofits be allowed to use the tools of commerce to thrive and accomplish their missions, Pallotta argues, but the public also needs to get over uncgaritable mistaken and tenacious fixation on fundraising costs and overhead ratios. Jan 09, Tim Schlegel rated it it was unchharitable Shelves: Click here to listen.

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.

Pallotta reviews the frugal, almost prudish constraints the public expects from nonprofits, everything uncharjtable a ban on paid advertising to substandard wages for nonprofit employees. The author is passionate about the subject and early on I felt he was argumentative and generalizing. 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.

Luckily, since the book has been published, all three major uncharitagle 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 unchsritable the performance of charities, and have published public letters to donors in and nonprofits themselves in saying so. My question is – if the solutions he came up with were so obvious and innovative, then when his company was forced to close its doors, there should have been countless imitators, regardless of the risks and bad press – indeed, he would have sparked a revolution in thinking about nonprofits.

If this makes you queasy, read Mr Pallotta’s book. Dan Pallotta has chosen the last of these options. This page was last edited on 29 Decemberat People have discretionary income that they can spend on designer jeans or on a mile bike ride, and society is probably better off if they choose the bike ride, particularly if the bike ride raises money for a charity. 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 Uncharitavle treatise on how the tools of capitalism could 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.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. At times, I felt this was a difficult book to read. A few days after the news, on Incharitable 23,the company laid off its entire staff nationwide and closed the doors on its new headquarters. Interspersed throughout this argument are claims that the capitalist system is faultless and should be unrestrained for maximum benefit. These organizations need the unchariable talent that for-profit corporations desire to do the job well and ultimately change the world.

Not only must nonprofits be allowed to use the tools of commerce to thrive and accomplish their missions, Pallotta argues, but the public also needs to get over its mistaken and tenacious pwllotta on pwllotta costs and overhead ratios. Dec 20, Victoria Wolfe rated pallotta liked it.

First, the author has a brief history lesson at the start of the book where he explains how the perceptions that charities operate under is all related to the puritans, beginning years ago.

The nonprofits eventually redeemed themselves in the eyes of the public, but without the revenue generated by the lucrative walking and cycling events, they were forced to lay off staff members and cut programs. Preventing nonprofits from taking a longer-term view and focusing only on short term gratification, not allowing them to spend for paid advertising in order to build demand, disallowing paying higher salaries for better talent, and not allowing risk-taking in order to innovate, among others, have prevented progress in the nonprofit sector from ever getting beyond a crawl.

Aug 18, Whitney rated it liked it. Perhaps the number one shortcoming in this book is the order in which his arguments are presented. Her research focuses on the economics of nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. He also makes a convincing case for charities to spend far more on advertising, perhaps even selling shares to pay for it.


The training’s emphasis on making a difference, goal-setting, and human understanding would play a major role later in the design of the multi-day event experiences Pallotta and his company created. The people at Apple sure look passionate and seem like they’re having a lot of fun to me.

The book sheds some very interesting light on the origins of the nonprofit ideology and of how we are holding back nonprofits by imposing artificial moral limits on them and how we allow them to operate.