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Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential
     

Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential

by Dan Pallotta
 

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ISBN-10: 1584657235

ISBN-13: 9781584657231

Pub. Date: 12/01/2008

Publisher: Tufts University Press

Uncharitable goes where no other book on the nonprofit sector has dared to tread. Author Dan Pallotta argues that society's nonprofit ethic acts as a strict regulatory mechanism on the natural economic law and creates an economic apartheid that denies the nonprofit sector critical tools and permissions that the for-profit sector is allowed to use without restraint.

Overview

Uncharitable goes where no other book on the nonprofit sector has dared to tread. Author Dan Pallotta argues that society's nonprofit ethic acts as a strict regulatory mechanism on the natural economic law and creates an economic apartheid that denies the nonprofit sector critical tools and permissions that the for-profit sector is allowed to use without restraint. In this provocative, timely, and accessible book Pallotta declares our independence from these obsolete ideas, so we can dramatically accelerate progress on the most urgent social issues of our time.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584657231
Publisher:
Tufts University Press
Publication date:
12/01/2008
Series:
Civil Society: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Chapter 1 The Morality of Outcomes 1

Nonprofit Ideology 3

A Model of Christian Charity 16

Conclusion 32

Chapter 2 The Foundations of Our Misconstruction 35

Economic Apartheid 35

The First Error-Constraints on Compensation: Charity and Self-Deprivation Are Not the Same Thing 47

The Second Error-Prohibition on Risk: Punishing Courage, Rewarding Timidity 78

The Third Error-Discouragement of Long-Term Vision: The Need for Immediate Gratification Institutionalizes Suffering 90

The Fourth Error-Discouragement of Paid Advertising: If You Don't Advertise Here, Your Competition Will 96

The Fifth Error-Prohibition on Investment Return: The Limits of No Return, and a Stock Market for Charity 116

Conclusion 125

Chapter 3 Stop Asking This Question 128

Efficiency Measures-The Puritan Guard 128

Efficiency Measures Miss the Point 138

Efficiency Measures Don't Measure Efficiency 142

Efficiency Measures Are Unjust 149

Overhead Is a Fiction 162

Summary 168

New Questions and a Very Large Assessment Apparatus 170

Chapter 4 Courage 177

A Cold World? 178

Strategic Plan 181

Reclaiming Our Dreams 183

Acknowledgments 187

Case Study-Pallotta Team Works 189

Methods and Controversy 197

Collapse of the Company 216

Impact on Organizations' AIDS and Breast Cancer Fundraising 221

Notes 229

Bibliography 271

Index 305

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