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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Ucnharitable to Book Page. Preview — Uncharitable by Dan Pallotta. This title is a call to free charity from its ideological and economic constraints. It is a call to arms, inviting us to ujcharitable beyond nonprofit ideology and bring economic freedom to the causes we love. Hardcoverpages. Historical and Contemporary Perspectives.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Uncharitableplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Jul 10, Karen rated it it was ok. I feel very conflicted about this book. I agree with most of the author’s criticism of the nonprofit sector’s current environment.

I was especially intrigued by his theory that the for-profit sector represents traditional puritanical male roles competitive, innovative, etc.

His analysis of the starvation cycle due to arbitrary overhead spending limits was spot-on. However, I am skeptical of his idea that capitalism w I feel very conflicted about this book. However, I am skeptical of his idea that capitalism will solve everything. I don’t have a problem with profit per se, but pallogta current system of capitalism is extremely exploitative and is one of the root causes of most of the problems nonprofits are trying to unfharitable.

He even quoted Ayn Rand several times, uncnaritable made me throw up in my mouth uncharitabel little bit. Pallotta continued to treat the “poor and needy” and other intended beneficiaries as silent objects in the debate.

It seemed to never occur to him that they just might be the experts in their own lives and have innovations and solutions for the problems they face. Jul 06, Eric rated it it was ok Shelves: 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 pallorta.

The author has six main points. Charities can not compensate their employees properly and therefore can not attract top talent. Charities are not able to take uncharltable risks because if they fail it is perceived as an unacceptable use of money that could have gone to the needy.

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.

There is little long-term planning because charities have to spend the money immediately. Paid advertisement is discouraged because it is perceived as a waste of money. Charities can not receive investments and pay out returns which limits their ability to raise capital to enact positive change.

We use efficiency as our measure of how good a charity is at delivering its services, when efficiency is a useless measure of how effective an organization is. I liked this books main points. All of these I think are pallltta and the measuring by efficiency is especially something that caught my attention because I have definitely done that in the past.

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


It is a totally incomplete history uncharitabls he would have been better to leave it out because it does not seem to be believable to blame the entire problem on a group that originated years ago. Secondly, his only examples in this book are from his company, which ceased to exist inwhich was trying to raise money for charities uncbaritable a for-profit manner.

His company essentially folded because the pressure from society on efficiency did not allow him to continue. I would have liked to see other examples from other groups because he comes across as bitter and even though I think most of his ideas are dead on, I have a hard time listening to him for pages.

Aug 05, Brian rated it did not like it Shelves: I found this book pretty infuriating. 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. He makes some valid points about the problems in how the uncharitabble of non-profits are evaluated, but it’s nothing that hasn’t been pointed out before, and he offers no solutions except “everyone needs to stop doing this.

He had I found this book pretty infuriating. He had only one interesting premise – that it should be possible for donors to see a return on investments in nonprofits. I fundamentally disagree with it, but I was interested enough to see if I could be persuaded by his argument. Finally, after a hundred repetitive pages, he spends two suggesting people should be ucnharitable to put up money for fundraisers and get a cut in return, and that a market could be created to trade in such investments.

He offers little detail and doesn’t address any of the obvious uncharjtable in such a plan. I disagree with his fundamental premise, and with his severely pro-unregulated-capitalism point of view in general, but there are intelligent arguments to be made for his arguments.

He doesn’t make uhcharitable. Aug 18, Whitney rated it liked it. Let’s just nucharitable there were things I liked about it and things I didn’t like. I’ve been working in the non profit sector for almost 5 years now, and feel like our organization has very talented people who are committed enough to the cause to stay for the long haul. I agree it’s tougher to keep top managment in place at a salary that Unchxritable in the dam world would laugh at, but there are some great ones out there, that are willing put aside their own wants and desires for the greater good of hu Let’s just say there were things I liked about it and things I didn’t like.

I agree it’s tougher to keep top managment in place at a salary that CEOs in the corporate world would laugh at, but there are some great ones out there, that are willing put aside their own wants and desires for the greater good of humanity.

I like his bit dwn the marketing piece, as I see first hand the struggle – people complain about the mailings, however, when ROI’s are 2: I do think the watch dog groups have a great value, but do need to consider other variables, like how much of their revenue is actually unfharitable in kind, and then weigh out how much cash they receive vs. GIK, then look at the expenses. It’s an important book in the non profit world and I’m glad I read it.

Jul 15, Hans rated it really liked it. There is a lot of passion in this book and pallotta some anger and disappointment that seems well-earned.

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. The solutions don’t feel as fully formed, but that simply means that there is more work to do.

Jun 11, MariMel rated it liked it. Pallotta makes a lot of good points, but he offered few solutions to changing the nonprofit starvation cycle. The book was well-researched, but didn’t really need to be a whole book; he has a TED talk that covers the most important points of the book.


Even though it was unnecessarily long, Pallotta has certainly contributed a lot to a discussion on how to move nonprofits from ‘charities’ to ‘systemic problem solvers. May 06, Nitin Dani rated it it was amazing.

No matter how imperfect it may seem to others, yncharitable me Uncharitable is one of the most relevant and important books of our current times.

It completely changes the way we think of charities, even for ‘educated’, socially-focused, nonprofit folks like me. Take it in a positive stride, focus on the intentions and problems highlighted, rather than imperfections or what may seem unrealistic. I cannot recommend this book enough. Dec 20, Sam Rogers rated it liked it. Must read, especially if you work in lallotta sector. But too long winded and I found much unharitable his solution uncharihable simply apply the pqllotta to unfettered capitalism toward the non-profit sector very troublesome.

Thought provoking stuff that should be read and discussed however.

Dan Pallotta: The way we think about charity is dead wrong | TED Talk

Jan 09, Tim Schlegel rated it it was ok Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The ideas put forth in the book were spot on, but the presentation was sub-par.

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 book sheds some very interesting light on the origins of the nonprofit ideology and of how we are holding back nonprofits by imposing artificial uncjaritable limits on them and how we allow them to operate. Not allowing nonprofits to utilize the tools of capitalism has held them back and The ideas put forth in the book were spot on, but the presentation was sub-par.

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san Not allowing nonprofits to utilize the tools of capitalism has held them back and will continue to limit their potential, which means we may never solve the most pressing human social services issues like homelessness and hunger. Preventing nonprofits from taking a longer-term view and focusing only on short term gratification, not allowing them to xan for paid advertising in order to build demand, pallitta 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.

And the most egregious error in our palkotta Percent overhead, the “efficiency measure. Luckily, since the book has been published, all three major charity 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 yncharitable the performance of charities, and have published public letters to donors in and nonprofits themselves in saying so.

But while there were a lot of great points, the book is unfortunately incredibly dense. Pallotta repeats himself repeatedly see what I did thereand the readability is not helped by the sometimes condescending tone and uncharutable overuse of italics, which makes it seem as if everything the author is saying is the most basic and obvious fact and to think differently is blasphemous. Additionally, Pallotta comes off as a uncharitbale bit whiny and defensive, rather than reflective and proactive.

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.

For example, when discussing the fact that Pallotta TeamWorks was eviscerated unfairly, for the most part in the media for not meeting efficiency measures, Pallotta argues that any positive net gains to charity should be celebrated, especially at the scale at which his company was operating.