One of my cousins came across this TEDtalk recently and shared it. It is an interesting take on charities. I think that it reinforces the lessons that INDEVours are being taught, as we have had many courses on business, which has reinforced the perspective that Dan Pallotta shares in his talk, that we ought to treat not-for-profits as businesses.
As the talk progressed, I realized that I definitely have the ingrained reaction that he proposes as 'wrong', and I am still figuring out whether or not that needs to be changed drastically or just tweaked.
Readers - what do you think about this presentation and the principles in it? Does it echo your feelings about charity, or are
your feelings echoed louder in the methodology that Dan Pallota presents as incorrect?
He does a great job of pointing out the hypocrisy rampant in the modern cultural and economic system. When it comes to the big banks, financial institutions and even economic policies, people live with all sort of economic abuse without questioning the perpetrators. Yet, when it comes to nonprofits, there is that much greater scrutiny. People are not willing to change their stance or view things differently. It is true, though, that we cannot change the society if we do not know the scale of our initiatives. If we do not know the scales of what we are working in and how we are going to accomplish whatever we are set out to do. He does a great job of making sure of telling his audience the confusion between frugality and morality. It is definitely moral to spend more money to bring more money in which will help many more people. I researched a little about him and got to know that he is also a bestseller author. I cannot wait to read his book, “Charity Case: How the Nonprofit Community Can Stand Up for Itself and Really Change the World”. Thanks for introducing me to his work and his awesome ideas Katiana.
Ooh - a book - I will have to go find that now and check it out! I definitely agree with you. Even in small things with charities, I have experienced this monetary prejudice. For example, many people would say that rather than purchasing a cheap product that will break quickly, spend a little more to get a well-made product that will last a long time. However, if a charity purchases furniture for their office and spends money on good products, they are often judged for that and asked why they didn't purchase second-hand, cheaper, or ask for donations of used furniture. Saving money is good to a certain extent, but if you are trying to project a professional image, a ratty used piece of furniture in the office may not be conducive to attracting donors when they walk in.
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