The Humanitarian Sector's Conflict of Interest

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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.

What if the two objectives of keeping overhead costs low and serving the needs of the community are at odds with one another?

The next time you're pressured to keep overhead low when you know it will compromise effectiveness, explain that doing so is a violation of your conscience, your ethics and yourself. Declare that you will not sacrifice mission on the altar of public relations, or put your duty to create social change in conflict with anyone's preoccupation with the seamy game of appearances.

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