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Dan Pallotta recommends

An exclusive list of articles covering the topic of nonprofit finances — and why Pallotta argues we should fight capitalism with capitalism.

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    Why Can't We Sell Charity Like We Sell Perfume?

    Dan Pallotta
    Wall Street Journal, September 14, 2012

    A written summary of the ideas in my TED Talk.

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    You Should Be Able to Get Rich in Charity

    Dan Pallotta
    Harvard Business Review, September 28, 2011

    We have to stop treating money as a sin in social change work. If more value will be produced with more financial incentive, then we should continue to provide financial incentive up to the point where it no longer produces value. Whether or not a person is getting wealthy is immaterial. All that matters is whether the organization is getting good value for that money.

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    Multiplication Philanthropy

    Dan Pallotta
    Harvard Business Review, February 17, 2012

    We have a deficient conception of leverage. The real leverage in philanthropy doesn’t stop with finding the most impactful organization. The real leverage is in funding the growth of the most impactful organization.

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    An Apollo Program for American Philanthropy and the Nonprofit Sector

    Dan Pallotta
    Harvard Business Review, September 5, 2012

    The conventional wisdom has been that the public wants charities with low salaries and low overhead, so, like it or not, that’s the reality within which we have to live and operate. But the public once wanted slavery and women to be without the right to vote. What if we changed what the public wants? Here’s a blueprint for doing just that.

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    Business Can't Solve the World's Problems — But Capitalism Can

    Dan Pallotta
    Harvard Business Review, January 15, 2013

    If we would liberate the humanitarian sector to use the tools of capitalism, it could compete with the for-profit sector for mind and market share. It could really grow, and it could start to solve some of our most entrenched problems. Fight capitalism with capitalism.

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    When Good is Not Good Enough

    Bill Shore, et al.
    Stanford Social Innovation Review, Fall 2013

    Leaders of two of the most successful nonprofit organizations argue that the sector needs to shift its attention from modest goals that provide short-term relief to bold goals that, while harder to achieve, provide long-term solutions by tackling the root of social problems.

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    All Entrepreneurship is Social

    Carl Schramm
    Stanford Social Innovation Review, Spring 2010

    A great piece on the dangers of overlooking the contributions that business entrepreneurs make to society.

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    Philanthropic Equity

    George Overholser and Sean Stannard-Stockton
    Tactical Philanthropy, January 21, 2009

    A great summary of the difference between buying something in social change and building something, and on changes to the way we think about accounting that could capitalize and catalyze the growth of our best organizations.