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Pay It Forward: Simon Nestel

Pay It Forward: Simon Nestel

Has someone done you a favour lately? Why not pass it on? In his talk, Simon Nestel speaks about how the PayItForward movement has inspired people all over the world, with examples of small acts of kindness that can be acheived and how all involved feel better about themselves.

 

Dan Pallotta: The way we think about charity is dead wrong

Dan Pallotta: The way we think about charity is dead wrong

Activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta 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.

Everything the donating public has been taught about giving is dysfunctional, says AIDS Ride founder Dan Pallotta. He aims to transform the way society thinks about charity and giving and change.

WHY YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO HIM?

“The nonprofit sector is critical to our dream of changing the world. Yet there is no greater injustice than the double standard that exists between the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. One gets to feast on marketing, risk-taking, capital and financial incentive, the other is sentenced to begging,” Dan Pallotta says in discussing his latest book, Charity Case. This economic starvation of our nonprofits is why he believes we are not moving the needle on great social problems. “My goal … is to fundamentally transform the way the public thinks about charity within 10 years.”

Pallotta is best known for creating the multi-day charitable event industry, and a new generation of citizen philanthropists with the AIDS Rides and Breast Cancer 3-Day events, which raised $582 million in nine years. He is president of Advertising for Humanity, which helps foundations and philanthropists transform the growth potential of their favorite grantees.

 

Transmitting Philanthropic Values Across the Generations

Transmitting Philanthropic Values Across the Generations

The USC Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy 2013 Philanthropic Leadership Forum Breakout Session on Philanthropic Imagination featuring Lisa Fredricks Parker, Emily Davis, Katherine Lorenz, Susan Price, Lana Volftsun

 

The Power of Women in Philanthropy

The Power of Women in Philanthropy

The USC Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy 2013 Philanthropic Leadership Forum Breakout Session on Philanthropic Imagination featuring Judy Belk, Michele Ozumba, Gael Sylvia Pullen, Erin Hogan

 

Strengthening Nonprofits and their Leadership

Strengthening Nonprofits and their Leadership

The USC Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy 2013 Philanthropic Leadership Forum Breakout Session on Philanthropic Impact featuring Kathleen Enright, Heather McLeod Grant, Rick Moyers, and Linda Woods

 

Colin Stokes: How movies teach manhood

Colin Stokes: How movies teach manhood

When Colin Stokes’ 3-year-old son caught a glimpse ofStar Wars, he was instantly obsessed. But what messages did he absorb from the sci-fi classic? Stokes asks for more movies that send positive messages to boys: that cooperation is heroic, and respecting women is as manly as defeating the villain.

The director of communications for the non-profit Citizen Schools, Colin Stokes thinks deeply about the media he shares with his two young children.

WHY YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO HIM?

Colin Stokes divides his time between parenting and building the brand of Citizen Schools, a non-profit that reimagines the school day for middle school students in low-income communities in eight states. As Managing Director of Brand & Communications, Colin helps people within the organization find the ideas, words and stories that will connect with more and more people. He believes that understanding the human mind is a force that can be used for good and seeks to take advantage of our innate and learned tendencies to bring out the best in each other and our culture.

Before starting a family, Colin was an actor and graphic designer in New York City. He starred in the long-running off-Broadway musical I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, as well is in several musicals and Shakespeare stagings. But he jokes that he seems to have achieved more renown (and considerably more revenue) for his brief appearances on two Law & Orderepisodes.

 

Leadership is a State of Mind – Michelle Ray

Leadership is a State of Mind – Michelle Ray

Michelle Ray is a highly sought-after international business keynote speaker, consultant, author and educator who demonstrates a deep understanding of importance of self-leadership in business and in life.

Michelle believes that leadership is a state of mind and helps individuals at any stage of their career to master personal leadership…the ability to take charge of oneself first in any situation. Michelle speaks passionately about self — actualization, the importance of outstanding leadership in the workplace and the responsibility of positive communication and influence.

 

Pay it forward Think of an idea to change the world and put it into action

Pay it forward Think of an idea to change the world and put it into action

 

The Art of Successful Collaboration Across Sectors in Philanthropy

The Art of Successful Collaboration Across Sectors in Philanthropy

Often in communities in the Southeast and across the nation there are many organizations working in parallel to address the same needs. However, there is often little coordinated and consistent collaboration among sectors to work towards a common goal. Foundations, in particular community and private foundations, are more likely to achieve large-scale impact when they initiate the alliance of all sectors — government, businesses, private and public foundations, and nonprofits — to leverage their combined resources. Our findings on successful collaboration will provide a useful model to show, that regardless of the type of issue, size of the need, population, or geography, how organizations can leverage their grants for the greatest impact.

 

Jay Walker on turning philanthropy into a systematic business

Jay Walker on turning philanthropy into a systematic business