Charity Case: How the Nonprofit Community Can Stand Up for Itself and Really Change the World

by Dan Pallotta


We deny the social sector the ability to grow because of our short-sighted demand that it send every short-term dollar into direct services. Yet if the sector cannot grow, it can never match the scale of our great social problems. Grounded in the author’s clear vision and deep social sector experience, Charity Case is a fascinating wake-up call for fixing the culture that thwarts our charities’ ability to change the world.

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  • Discover what Pallotta claims are the five discriminatory practices our society tolerates and what we face as a humanitarian sector.
  • Understand Pallotta’s clear vision for how we, as a sector, can change the incorrect perceptions that prevent us from successfully supporting critical social issues.
  • Explore the five national strategies Pallotta argues will create the “about-face” our society needs to understand charity’s business practices-most notably, overhead costs.
  • Learn what 17 actions you can take to support this proposed national movement.


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About the Author

Dan Pallotta is a builder of movements. He created the multi-day charitable fundraising event industry, including the AIDS Rides and Breast Cancer 3-Days, which raised $582 million in nine years and were the subject of a Harvard Business School case study. Multi-day charitable events have raised in excess of $1.1 billion to date. The Stanford Social Innovation Review said his groundbreaking 2009 book Uncharitable deserves to become “the nonprofit sector’s new manifesto.” He lives in Massachusetts. For more information, visit

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