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The Call for Charities to Take Charge on the Business of Philanthropy: Dan Pallotta Sounds Off

September 19, 2012

Dan Pallotta (left) with Eileen Heisman (right)

It’s been two years since I last saw Dan Pallotta in 2010 when he visited Penn/Wharton to discuss his views on the needed changes in the nonprofit sector on things such as compensation, advertising, vision, learning, and capital. Soon after, I was involved on a conference call with Dan and other Penn/Wharton students as we talked about the challenges facing social enterprises and nonprofits.

Over the past few days, I’ve been alerted of two instances where Dan’s ideas have been circulating the media:

I remain inspired by Dan’s ideas and am glad that he is still making waves in 2012. As we think about the “business of philanthropy”, let’s carefully consider the implications of expecting nonprofits and charities to operate like businesses. What are your thoughts?

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