December is the time of year we all become very fixated on giving: presents, donations, volunteer time. We seem to have arrived at a place of thinking “giving” should be strategic – as in, make a budget and a list before you buy presents; research a charity’s finances before you make a donation; choose a volunteer opportunity where you can also spend time with your friends and family.
“All successful revolutions are the kicking in of a rotten door”- John Kenneth Galbraith This quote is the opening statement in Dan Pallotta’s book Uncharitable: How Constraints on Nonprofits Undermine their Potential. Last week Vantage Point brought Dan Pallotta to Vancouver to share his message with a sold-out room of not-for-profit executives, board members and corporate funders. I was energized by the audible buzz in the room as everyone digested the idea that real progress toward solving social issues may require a new way of thinking about, and investing in, not-for-profits.
This November 18th, Vantage Point and Telus are thrilled to be hosting a breakfast with Dan Pallotta, author of Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential. The following is an excerpt from one of Dan's Harvard Business Review blog posts, challenging one of the fundamental canons of the not-for-profit sector.
All charitable organizations MUST begin to provide information about the impact we are having in the community. We must tell the story of what really changes because of what we do.