Video Resource: TED Talk on Philanthropy

In honor of our upcoming lesson release (be on the lookout on Thursday for new lessons on Philanthropy, Entrepreneurship, and more!), we wanted to share this insightful TED Talk by Dan Pallotta on how The Way We Think About Charity Is Dead Wrong.


In the video, Dan “calls out 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, he asks us to start rewarding charities for their big goals and big accomplishments (even if that comes with big expenses). In this bold talk, he says: Let’s change the way we think about changing the world”.1

This TED Talk is a great supplement to our Philanthropy Lesson (coming out Thursday) and encourages students to think about the challenges of being a philanthropist or philanthropic organization. The video is approximately 20 minutes long and can be followed by some of the questions below!

  • What are some of the double standards Dan talks about in his TED Talk in regards to nonprofit organizations?
  • Dan talks about how many philanthropists prefer their money go to