Changing the way we think about Charity.
During a strategic planning day a few weeks ago, the facilitator shared this brilliant TED talk with the executive group, and I want to share it with everyone!
I have rewatched it so many times.
The points Dan Pallotta presents are truly some of the reasons I started my Community Design Grant.
It’s one of, if not, the clearest and most articulate critiques I have watched of the system of values that our charities and other nonprofit organizations are supposed to follow. He explains in graphic detail how these values undercut what charities are trying to do and how it’s preventing them from accomplishing all that they might.
We need to understand that serving those in need, those who our charities are designed for, requires more than generosity and good management. It requires taking risks, confronting antiquated notions of politically correct charity, and most of all, remembering that nonprofit efficiency should be a means to an end not an end in itself.
If we collectively think differently and follow a new path, we could finally create the incentives needed to unleash the enormous potential of nonprofits to change the world.