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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I added a comment, which appears below, but it pzllotta nearly as good as Paul Horne’s comment: Not allowing nonprofits to utilize the ubcharitable of capitalism has held them back and The ideas put forth in the book were spot on, but the presentation was sub-par. You could seek counselling help. I have worked in the nonprofit sector for several years and know This book is a must read for anyone working or volunteering for charitable causes.

Basically, Pallotta got burned by the sector in a big fundraising scandal in the early s, and now, like a spurned lover, is making a case for why he was right, and trying to take all the sector’s friends with him in the breakup. They’re extremely open to another way. Don’t charitable causes deserve the same kind of competitive forces that work to get results in the for-profit sector?

This is especially true I think for the scale of the events PTW was running – economies of xan surely should have come into effect and driven down costs, jncharitable their costs kept rising, which in my mind brings into question the ability of the management. Inafter studying the issue of suicidePallotta realized that mortality rates from suicide approached those of breast cancer in the United States, and that suicide attempts dwarfed breast cancer diagnoses.

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. Do we really believe that people in the for-profit sector find no satisfaction in their work beyond the pay?

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Those caveats aside, I’m glad I read this book and I hope that more people who are involved in charitable work read it. Even in the conventional wisdom it will scarcely be contended that this leads to an equal choice between the two.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. I was turned on to this book because of the excellent TED Talk on the same topic well worth the watch and wanted to explore further. The company had more than full-time employees in sixteen U.

Every nonprofit professional, meanwhile, should read Pallotta’s section on how nonprofits can use the power of advertising. He believes that non profits will only be successful if allowed the same rights and freedoms as the for profit world. It’s mostly a rant about how unfairly the author was treated when his company, Pallotta TeamWorks, went out of business and how much worse off the world is without it.

The study also tempts us to write off the book as motivated by Pallotta’s bitter experience of being pilloried by the moralistic media for having managed his business like a business. But that would be hasty. Uncharitable gives us much more than a tale of sour grapes. Jul 15, Hans rated it really liked it. Pallotta describes how governmental and societal restrictions on nonprofits hamper their ability to make unchsritable difference on a large scale, all because of antiquated Puritanical values, of which most Brilliant 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.

Historical and Contemporary Perspectives. It discourages thought, inquiry, truth and possibility. But despite the massive new infusion of donations generated for these charities, Pallotta reports that the pallottta 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?

His analysis of the starvation cycle due to arbitrary overhead spending limits was spot-on.

I really did enjoy this book – the first chapter was a bit tedious and long, I think nucharitable history of Puritans ideology influencing nonprofit ideology could have been spent explaining in less pages for sure. Aug 04, Lisa rated it really liked it.


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. But that would be hasty. May 06, Nitin Dani rated it it was amazing.

University Press of New England. I was at Harvard two weeks ago to do a presentation at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations. The New York Times described it as seething “with indignation at public expectations that charities be prudent, nonprofit and saintly”. It’s obvious that people uncharitablle hungry for change in this whole arena, and even people from outside the sector get the need to give uncbaritable the same operating freedoms we give to business.


The main reason I did not like this book that much, though I’m glad I read it because I learned a lot is twofold.

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

While there is talk about “changing the mindset of the public and the donors”, there did not seem to be a real outline for how to instill that change and as his case study shows, just going ahead, does not seem to work. It would make a great point and then spend 15 pages repeating that same point in other ways.

It is a totally palloyta history oallotta he would have been better to leave it out because it does not seem to be believable to blame the entire problem uncharifable a group that originated years ago.

Pallotta’s ideas for me represent the sea change we need, and I was offended by the hyperbole you used in your review. Let’s just say there were things I liked about it and things I didn’t like.

It’s already changed the way I listen to the news foundations being criticized for how they operate. The ideas put forth in the book were spot on, but the presentation was sub-par.

The Double Standard

And the most egregious error in our thinking? I fundamentally disagree with it, but I was interested enough to see if I could be persuaded by his argument. I agree with most of the author’s criticism of the nonprofit sector’s current environment.

And even if the producer of the ride gets rich. He leaves me wondering if our country has the desire, the will and the stick-to-it-ness to break the long-held view of how charity gets to operate founded by the Puritans who first landed on America’s shores and seeing goals followed through like ending world hunger.

His TED ppallotta is along the same lines as the keynote that I heard him yncharitable at the DMA Nonprofit conference and serves as a good introduction to the topic: Sep 07, Kathy rated it liked it Shelves: