Changing the Way We Think About Changing the World

| by Bert Armstrong

I hope you find some time today to take a break from the craziness of work.  When you do, grab a cup of coffee, shut your office door, or go outside on your back porch and put your feet up.  Then take 18:56 to view this bold talk by activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta. Mr. 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."

Many share Dan's belief that the nonprofits that succeed in the future will be the ones that build up their human talent, infrastructure and resources to sustain critical services and achieve bold change in the world.  It can be a sensitive discussion because this concept challenges many long-held beliefs about how nonprofits should behave and be perceived by their supporters.  Please watch this video and join the conversation to tell us what you think nonprofits should be doing to change the world.

Bert Armstrong is a co-founder and principal of Armstrong McGuire & Associates


  1. Kevin Cain's avatar
    Kevin Cain
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    <p>Thanks for sharing this talk. His logic is difficult to dispute. And the values that brought us to this way of thinking are firmly entrenched. Please keep the conversation going.</p>
  2. Meg Revelle's avatar
    Meg Revelle
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    <p>Bert – thanks for sharing this! I love TED Talks but wasn't familiar with Dan Pollatta. What an intriguing idea to ask how an organization scales their dreams...GREAT question.</p>
  3. Donald Davidoff's avatar
    Donald Davidoff
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    And the professional organization of fundraisers says it is UNETHICAL for them to be rewarded based on their success in raising funds. I.e. salespeople in non-profits can't be paid commission. I tried to get a Board I'm on to consider it and ran into this self-inflicted wound

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