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A special NYU Reynolds Speaker Series Event brought to you with generous support from Richard Kimball:

Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential


Founder & Chief Humanity Officer, Advertising for Humanity

March 12, 2014

6:30 - 8:00pm
Paulson Auditorium
Tisch Hall, 40 W 4th St
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Does the non-profit sector have a serious role to play in changing the world? Dan Pallotta, activist, author and creator of the multi-day charitable event industry which raised in excess of half a billion dollars in nine years, argues that it does if we reinvent the way humanity thinks about change. His best-selling book “Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential,” ventures into a world that others dare not go, and argues that society’s non-profit ethic undermines our ability to eradicate great problems, and, ironically, puts charity at a severe disadvantage to the for-profit sector at every level. Spend an evening with Dan and learn how changing the way we think can lead to large-scale social innovation.

Founder & Chief Humanity Officer, Advertising for Humanity

Learn more about Dan Pallotta.

Dan Pallotta is a builder of movements. He invented the multi- day charitable event industry. He created the Breast Cancer 3-Day walks and the multi-day AIDS Rides, which raised in excess of half a billion dollars in nine years and were the subject of a Harvard Business School case study. The model and methods he created are now employed by dozens of charities and raise in excess of $100 million annually for important causes from pediatric leukemia to AIDS to suicide prevention and many others.

He is the author of Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential, the best-selling title in the history of Tufts University Press. The Stanford Social Innovation Review said that the book, “deserves to become the nonprofit sector ’s new manifesto.” His newest book is, Charity Case: How the Nonprofit Community Can Stand Up for Itself and Really Change the World. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. has described it as “An Apollo program for American philanthropy and the nonprofit sector”.

Dan is a featured weekly contributor to the Harvard Business Review online. He is the founder and Chief Humanity Officer of Advertising for Humanity, an agency dedicated to transforming the fundraising power of great humanitarian organizations. He is the founder and President of the Charity Defense Council, a national leadership movement dedicated to transforming the way the donating public thinks about charity and change.

His iconic TED 2013 Talk has been viewed almost 2.9 million times. It is one of the top 50 most-viewed TED Talks of all time.

He is a William J. Clinton Distinguished Lecturer, and has spoken at Stanford, Wharton, Harvard Business School, Harvard’s Hauser Center for Nonprofits, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Brown, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Council on Foundations, the Gates Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, and the Milken Institute, among others.

He is a member of the Invisible Children Advisory Board, and the Reason Project Advisory Board. He is a recipient of the Liberty Hill Foundation Creative Vision award, the Triangle Humanitarian of the Year award, the Albany State University International Citizen of the Year award, and the Seven Fund’s Morality of Profit Essay Prize.

Dan been written about in feature and cover stories in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and has appeared on The Today Show, CNN, CNBC, American Public Media’s Marketplace, and on numerous NPR stations, among others.