• Beth Gazley

    I find myself somewhere in the middle. Parsing out the details of Dan Pallotta’s idea, and overlooking for now the unfortunate choice of language (you can only imagine the reaction that http://www.arnova.org members will have to the idea that the sector has no brain!! Sheesh!!)
    I hope we can agree that more COORDINATION and more ADVOCACY on regulatory issues would be helpful. I don’t think NPQ or anyone else should be so quick to discount the CDC. Sure it’s new but I don’t see any other organization — most especially Independent Sector — taking on the media as energetically as CDC has. I have really appreciated their defense of the Red Cross, for example.

    • Linda Czipo

      IMO, the National Council of Nonprofits (www.councilofnonprofits.org ) has demonstrated exceptional thought leadership, passionate advocacy, consistent public policy excellence and RESULTS on behalf of the nonprofit community. Importantly, they are also a strong, balanced voice promoting ethics and accountability within the sector. Full disclosure – I’m a former board member and current public policy member of the Council of Nonprofits; but that just means I’ve been able to witness their exceptional work close-up. I do agree that more financial investment for advocacy (read: more funding) is desperately needed to tackle the challenges that we as a sector face; as far as I’m concerned, the Council of Nonprofits would be a great place to put it.

  • Third Sector Radio USA

    This campaign season we have heard some weird ideas from people baffled by our complex world (and fearful of it) that seem to reject plurality and the concept of democracy itself. So, it should be no surprise that similar voices are coming from a few (one?) voices in the nonprofit sector. I suggest we ignore Pallotta’s Hobbesian-based (and contradictory) rants and embrace complexity for the innovations and learning that it engenders.

  • Kebo Drew

    Right. Then, to make sure that the most marginalized have leadership and some kind of say in the issues that affect us, from a intersectional, social justice perspective that is inclusive of arts, LGBTQ people of color artists will lead the big brain and Pallotta won’t be involved? Because otherwise it’s just a continuation of the biased status quo that has us living lives vulnerable to violence, poverty and health disparities. Pallotta understands that though, right?

  • To Pallotta’s unfortunate metaphor, he has the habit of incorrectly evoking Christian comparisons. He keeps calling the closing of Pallotta Teamworks so many years ago a crucifixion for dreaming big; an attorney general and his business partners at the time simply called it habitual rapacity. This imagery of the head and the body is straight out of I Corinthians, with Christ as the head of the church. There seems to be a messiah complex going on here. The nonprofit sector has many needs, but it does not need a savior.