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October 14, 2009

Dan Pallotta, on the Overrated Benefits of Nonprofit Work

Filed under: Philanthropy/nonprofits — Laurie Morrow, Ph.D. @ 8:10 pm
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Another compelling column by Dan Pallotta for Harvard Business Publishing:  “The Psychic Benefits of Nonprofit Work Are Overrated.”  Dan is the author of UNCHARITABLE:  How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential.  This book should be required reading for anyone who works for or with nonprofits, as well as for donors to nonprofits.

Here’s the opening of Dan’s new column:

People often tell me that those who work for nonprofits should work for less because of the psychic benefits of being able to make a difference, work with the poor, and so on. The notion is a red herring. And that’s putting it kindly.

You can read the rest of this column here.


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