This TED talk by AIDS Ride founder and author Dan Pallotta recently knocked our socks off. Pallotta observes that a grave double standard exists between the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. He boldly challenges people in all fields to “change the way we think about changing the world.”
The call comes at a timely moment for us here at Upstream Arts. As the U.S. government wrestles with the deficit and as foundation giving decreases nationwide, we very directly feel the day-to-day impact of the rapidly shifting philanthropic landscape. We know that we must innovate new sources of funding; but perhaps there’s an even bigger shift that needs to happen – and indeed already is beginning to happen – in terms of how our society values and supports nonprofit work.