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Uncharitable: How We Stifle Nonprofit Success

Uncharitable: How We Stifle Nonprofit Success

Sunday, November 20, 2016 - 1:00 pm

Dan Pallotta will change the way you
think about changing the world

Uncharitable: How We Stifle Nonprofit Success

Activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta calls into question our fundamental beliefs about philanthropy. He exposes why asking “What percentage of my donation goes to the cause?” is a deeply flawed and dangerously misleading way to evaluate nonprofit organizations, a method that in fact harms charities doing the most good.

In calling out the double standard by which nonprofits are rewarded for how little they spend, Pallotta puts a new cause on the map: equal economic rights for charity. He urges us to champion organizations with ambitious goals and game-changing accomplishments, just as we do in business, even when that comes with a longer time frame and larger price tag.

REcharitable: Leaders Look at Ways
to Advance Nonprofit Success

After an intermission, Spertus President and CEO Dr. Hal M. Lewis led a panel discussion with recognized leaders from the nonprofit and philanthropic communities. They explored how Pallotta’s work can change the ways that organizations — both within and beyond the Jewish community — accomplish their goals.   


The Spertus Approach — Spertus Institute cultivates an atmosphere of lively discourse. We often hear from students and participants that their Spertus experiences are inspiring and transformative. That is by design, and it results in meaningful opportunities for personal and professional growth.

The Center for Jewish Leadership is supported by a generous grant 
from the Crown Family. We are grateful for their support.


This presentation was for corporate executives, nonprofit professionals, philanthropists, funders, volunteers, and students, as well as anyone who cares about breaking down barriers to solve the tough challenges of today.

Dan Pallotta is the bestselling author of Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential.
A William J. Clinton Distinguished Lecturer and regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review, he is a prolific speaker about philanthropy and innovation. Stanford Social Innovation Review said that Uncharitable, “deserves to become the nonprofit sector’s new manifesto.” Pallotta’s iconic TED Talk — titled The Way We Think About Charity is Dead Wrong — has been viewed more than 4 million times.

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