The Dirtiest Word Among Nonprofits: Overhead

When three of your friends, none of whom know of the other, each recommend a TED talk within a single week, you sorta have to watch it. So that’s how I found myself staring at Dan Pallotta the other day, watching as he said what many nonprofit leaders are thinking – albeit privately, never to be discussed, least of all at a conference.

The video is making waves among charity workers, nonprofit supporters, and at least one of Pallotta’s ex-colleagues who takes over portions of the comments section. Whether you come down on the side of conservative overhead or operating a near for-profit model, this talk is sure to start a discussion in your neck of the woods.


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