TALK: Rethinking Charity by Dan Pallotta

TED-logoThis past spring, TED Talks featured activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta who shed light on the “double standard that drives our broken relationship to charities.” Too many nonprofits, he says, are rewarded for how little they spend — not for what they get done. Instead of equating frugality with morality, in this talk, he asks us to start rewarding charities for their big goals and big accomplishments (even if that comes with big expenses). In short, he says: “Let’s change the way we think about changing the world.”

What do you think about his ideas as shared in this talk?

 

Creativity, Community and Connectivity at CauseConnect

CauseConnect-logo-stacked-125At CauseConnect, creativity, community, and connectivity are at the core of everything we do, and are aimed at supporting the firm’s focus areas of art, education, and environment.

Creativity: Regardless of the type of project or client — science, finance, automotive, utilities — you can be assured that art is meaningfully woven into every single thing we do. Somewhere along the way, an artist has been involved. For example, CauseConnect hires artists to create original artwork, conduct art demonstrations, perform live, teach a workshop, produce marketing materials, design icons for a website, develop illustrations for an article or a youth drawing page, and more.

Community: It would not be possible to do what we do today without building and nurturing “community” within our work. CauseConnect does not have full-time employees; rather, we are a community of freelance professionals and small businesses who partner on a variety of projects. My firm is hired often to work with a company or a nonprofit for specific projects, events, or campaigns, resulting in a team of folks — both inside and outside of that organization – who collaborate on achieving the desired end. Of course, much of our work focuses on building “community,” which is defined differently depending on the specific client or project.

Connectivity: Definitions of “connectivity” include “the quality or condition of being connected or connective” and “the ability to make and maintain a connection …”; both of which apply to how I work and what we do at CauseConnect. My work — both as an individual and as part of a collaborative team — involves my ability to get connected to the right people as well as an ability to maintain those connections. My firm’s tagline of doing business by doing good© also keeps us on point by ensuring that we are connected AND aligned with those individuals, companies, nonprofits, agencies and other entities who ARE doing good.

 

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