Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential

Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential

Dan Pallotta

2.12.2009

Dan Pallotta

Dan Pallotta is a professional fundraiser and author of a new book, "Uncharitable," which argues that charities should be empowered to use market incentives to raise money and attract talented individuals to work for them. He founded Pallotta Team-Works, the company that invented the AIDS Rides and Breast Cancer 3-Day events, which raised over half a billion dollars and netted $305 million in nine years. The company had more than 350 full-time employees in sixteen U.S. offices and fundamentally reinvented the paradigm for special event fundraising in America. Pallotta graduated cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in development economics.

A leading expert on innovation in the non-profit sector and philanthropy, Dan Pallotta discusses his new book, “Uncharitable,” which calls into question society's fundmental canons about charity and calls for a dramatic shift in the way charities are regulated. With over one million non-profits in the United States, Mr. Pallotta says that society’s non-profit ethic undermines its ability to eradicate great problems, and, ironically, puts charities at a severe disadvantage in comparison to the for-profit sector.