Changing the Way We Think About Changing the World

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Editor note: This is a TED talk by Dan Pallotta that talks about a broken system. This has direct relevance to corporations and their philanthropic efforts. Very good to keep in mind as we think about the non-profit world.

Activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta calls out the double standard that drives our broken relationship to 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.