Book Review: Charity Case – How the Nonprofit Community Can Stand Up For Itself and Really Change the World by Dan Pallotta
Charity Case is a blueprint for a national leadership movement to transform the way the public thinks about giving.
Virtually everything our society has been taught about charity is backwards. We deny the social sector the ability to grow because of our short-sighted demand that it send every dollar into direct services. Yet if the sector cannot grow, it can never match the scale of our great social problems. In the face of this dilemma, the sector has remained silent, defenseless, and disorganized. In Charity Case, Pallotta proposes a visionary solution: a Charity Defense Council to re-educate the public and give charities the freedom they need to solve our most pressing social issues.
Pallotta details concrete steps for how a national Charity Defense Council can transform the public’s understanding of the humanitarian sector, including:
- building an anti-defamation league and legal defense for the sector,
- creating a massive national ongoing ad campaign to upgrade public literacy about giving, and
- ultimately enacting a National Civil Rights Act for Charity and Social Enterprise.
Dan Pallotta is a renowned builder of social movements and inventor of the multi-day charity event industry (including the AIDS Rides and Breast Cancer 3-Days) that has cumulatively raised over $1.1 billion for critical social causes. This book is the hotly-anticipated follow-up to Pallotta’s groundbreaking book Uncharitable.
Grounded in Pallotta’s clear vision and deep social sector experience, Charity Case is a fascinating wake-up call for fixing the culture that thwarts our charities’ ability to change the world.