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Caroline Avakian

Founder & CEO - SourceRise, Trickle Up Program

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What can people who work, support or care about the social sector do to help educate others on more effective ways to measure impact?

Activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta calls out the double standard that drives our broken relationship to charities. Too many nonprofits, he says, are rewarded for how little they spend -- not for what they get done. Instead of equating frugality with morality, he asks us to start rewarding charities for their big goals and big accomplishments (even if that comes with big expenses). In this bold talk, he says: Let's change the way we think about changing the world.


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  • Mar 26 2013: Hopefully you live in a state that has a state wide non-profit association. We have app. 37 states that do and I'm sure New York has one. They should be able to provide your non-profit with outcome measurements of the non-profits in your community. If you don't get satisfaction with your state organization try the National Council of Non-Profits in Washington, DC. They are a great group of people that will work with you toward your goal.

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