DailyDirt: Changing The Way We Think About Charity

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When we donate to charities, it's never clear exactly where the money goes and whether our donations actually benefit the people they're supposed to help. Many donors are often shocked and outraged when they learn that some executives at nonprofit charities are being paid salaries exceeding $1 million. But activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta thinks this anger is misplaced and could damage charity fundraising, pointing out that people blame capitalism for creating inequities in our society, but then they refuse to let nonprofits use the tools of capitalism to fix the problem. Here are a few more things to think about when it comes to charities. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.
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Filed Under: capitalism, charity, dan pallotta, debt relief, donations, economics, foreign aid, fundraising, marketing, nonprofits, tedtalk

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    Rob McMillin (profile), 11 Jun 2013 @ 7:06am

    Dan Pallotta, Scam Artist

    Silicon Valley has created some of the most effective con men of our age, and so it is no surprise that someone like a Pallotta would arise and adopt their language and tenor. He takes every bad impulse of large charities -- high overhead, large staffs, and mission creep -- and turns them, somehow, from vices into virtues. But the approach he advocates in his TED talk would be utterly indistinguishable from that employed by the Humane Society of the United States and dozens of other money mills purporting to operate as charities, but which in fact are frauds perpetrated upon a gullible public.

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