Dan Pallotta: The way we think about charity is dead wrong – YouTube

Activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta calls out the double standard that drives our broken relationship to charities. Too many nonprofits, he says, are reward…

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If additional overhead may help not for profits raise more money for their chosen causes, imagine what additional overhead may do for public organizations.  Could it be that maybe, just maybe, that small governments may be inhibiting the growth of the overall economic pie due to a lack of service, incentive for talented people to participate, ineffectually operated agencies and organizations (including the legislature, executive, and judicial branches)?  I honestly don’t know.  However, what does seem to be the case, based on past history and present conditions, that allowing all the wealth to flow to a small group of private, for profit people only enables those people to be richer while the overall economic pie growth is slowed, stunted, and made more fragile and prone to failure.  It’s just a hypothesis at this point.  Just a theory based on the evidence that for profit organizations, who are allowed to put a lot of capital into overhead and long term investments, seem to do better overall than not for profits who aren’t able to and government organizations.  We can also consider the case of the American South, which staunchly has “small government” in their ideological blood and governing practice, yet constantly and consistently lags behind the rest of the nation in terms of quality of life indicators and wealth indicators.  Even relatively economically successful states which commit to small government philosophies in principle, such as Texas, have more people in poverty or lacking in access to key factors for survival and well-being due to lack of funds or investment in those goods and services.  While it should be noted that these are based on simple observation and without the rigor of full research, these are things that we may be able to at least acknowledge in general.  Clearly, rising tides don’t raise all boats in the world of economics and wealth production.  If it were the case, then there wouldn’t be these discrepancies in the observable conditions.  Just some thoughts.  Let’s research it!

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