Next month, Dan Pallotta is coming to Calgary. You’ve probably heard Pallotta’s name somewhere this past week — his provocative new TED Talk, “The way we think about charity is dead wrong,” is getting a lot of attention. Pallotta recently spoke with the Calgary Herald in advance of CCVO’s Connections conference in late April:
[Pallotta] says we too often look at the overhead involved in fundraising events such as races or dinners and say it’s too high, that we’d rather donate directly to the cause.
The problem, he explains, is we rarely do — without the event, we lose the incentive to donate.
“(We’ve) trained people to think that overhead is bad and is somehow not part of the cause, but it is, especially if it’s being used for growth,” he says.
He believes non-profits are often too small to effectively solve the social problems they’re dealing with, such as homelessness and poverty.
“The big picture is that these social problems are massive in scale and these organizations are tiny up against them,” Pallotta says.
See Pallotta make his argument in the TED Talk below. The talk is less than 20 minutes and worth the time:
What do you think? Do you think Pallotta makes a good point? Leave a comment and let us know!