Summary of The Way We Think About Charity Is Dead Wrong

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The Way We Think About Charity Is Dead Wrong summary
Activist Dan Pallotta uncovers the double standards that drive our flawed perception of charities.


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In this TED Talk, activist and fund-raiser Dan Pallotta analyzes the public’s attitudes toward charities. He illustrates the factors that place the nonprofit sector at a great disadvantage compared with the for-profit sector. Pallotta passionately delivers practical conclusions to transform thinking on charity and giving. getAbstract recommends his down-to-earth lecture to those interested in social innovation, charitable giving and social entrepreneurship.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why the nonprofit sector does not work in its current form;
  • How the public discriminates against the nonprofit sector; and
  • Why charities should be judged for their accomplishments, not their overhead.


The manner in which the donating public views charity is fundamentally flawed. In the US, charitable giving has remained at 2% of gross domestic product since the 1970s, and 12% of Americans remain in poverty. The double standards that people apply to the nonprofit sector compared with the for-profit...
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About the Speaker

Dan Pallotta is a fund-raiser and activist. He is president of Advertising for Humanity, an organization that helps foundations and philanthropists to enhance the growth potential of their chosen grantees.

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