Dan Pallotta is on a focused mission to change the way the donating public thinks about giving.

Why you should listen

Dan Pallotta invented the multi-day charitable event industry with the AIDSRides and Breast Cancer 3-Days, which inspired nearly a quarter of a million people to raise more than half a billion dollars in nine years. The achievement was the subject of one of the very first Harvard Business School case studies on social enterprise. Iterations of these events have now raised over $2.2 billion for causes from pediatric leukemia to suicide prevention and more. He has written more than 75 pieces on giving for Harvard Business Review online. His first book on the subject, Uncharitable, was the best-selling title in the history of Tufts University press. The Stanford Social Innovation Review said, "It deserves to become the nonprofit sector's new manifesto." Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. called his follow-up book, Charity Case, "an Apollo program for American philanthropy." Pallotta has given over 400 talks on philanthropy in 38 states and ten countries.

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Our tomorrow: Hopeful/daring talks in Session 1 of TED2016

February 16, 2016

Tomorrow is a promising day: It’s full of possibility in a way yesterday isn’t, but so much more immediate than the nebulous future. TED2016 kicks off with a session called “Our Tomorrow,” a chance to hear from speakers with big ideas on where we’re headed, from a 10-year-old writer to a titan who creates much of the television you watch today. […]

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Rethink the way we run charities: A useful reading list

July 7, 2014

Dan Pallotta has an unconventional view of nonprofits: To innovate and really make an impact, he thinks they should function with business-minded acumen. But, bringing principles of the corporate world into the nonprofit sector can be a tough sell. Here, he recommends 8 articles that give more insight into why we should put a value on effective philanthropy.

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