Dan Pallotta, Uncharitable
“Dan Pallotta has written Uncharitable as a response to every media report about a charity spending $400,000 to raise $1 million, every donor who wants at least 90 percent of her donation to go toward the cause, and every nonprofit executive director who eschews marketing for fear that donors will consider it extravagant. ‘Enough already!’ the book explodes. And it does so with such good reason and blunt candor that it deserves to become the nonprofit sector’s new manifesto.” The Stanford Social Innovation Review
In his book Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential, Pallotta argues that while the for-profit sector is permitted to use all the tools of capitalism to advance the sale of consumer goods, the nonprofit sector is prohibited from using any of them to fight hunger or disease. Capitalism is blamed for creating the inequities in our society, but charity is prohibited from using the tools of capitalism to rectify them. Ironically, this is all done in the name of charity, but it is a charity whose principal benefit flows to the for-profit sector and one that denies the nonprofit sector the tools and incentives that have built virtually everything of value in society. By declaring our independence from these obsolete ideas, Pallotta theorizes, we can dramatically accelerate progress on the most urgent social issues of our time.
The following four workshops will be offered both in the morning and the afternoon sessions; you will attend one workshop in the morning, and another in the afternoon:
Adapting to an Outcomes-Based World: What Every Nonprofit Needs to Know
Brian Kellaway, Associate Director, Nonprofit Finance Fund
Those that work in the social sector—from nonprofits, to philanthropy, to government— know that the goal is to make a positive long-term impact in communities. But that work is sometimes hampered by a funding system oriented around counting outputs (i.e., the number of services provided) rather than valuing outcomes (i.e., meaningful changes for those served by a program). Recently, the chorus of voices challenging this status quo has grown, asking what it would take to shift this thinking and design our systems around outcomes. Join Nonprofit Finance Fund for this session about how the movement toward outcomes affects nonprofit service providers and the types of resources that are needed to make the transition. The session will pose key questions for management to consider, provide examples of necessary investments, and wrap with a discussion of upfront vs. ongoing costs and how each type can be incorporated into the annual budget.
Empowering Board Members for Successful Leadership
Nanette Fridman, Principal, Fridman Strategies
Is your board empowered to lead? Come discuss the key components and behaviors of engaged boards and their leaders, and learn the formula for activating your board. Together we will identify red flags and pitfalls that discourage active leadership. All participants will receive valuable worksheets to assist in formulating their board development plans. Realize your organization’s full potential by empowering your leadership!
Six Keys to Financial Sustainability
David Orlinoff, Founder/Principal, Concord Financial Organization
This overview of effective financial management will review several crucial determinants of fiscal success and sustainability, including basic financial statements, cash management, budgeting and planning, risk management, and governance and compliance considerations. The session will be interactive, giving participants ample opportunity to ask general questions, and, time permitting, questions specific to their individual organizations.
Strategic Planning: An Essential Element for Nonprofit Success
Bud Ris, Senior Advisor, Boston Green Ribbon Commission
Bud will draw upon his experience at the New England Aquarium, various non-profit boards, and the Barr Foundation to highlight the importance of strategic planning, and explore the role of boards in setting and maintaining long-term direction. The session will provide ample opportunity for participants to share their own challenges around strategic planning.