Dan Pallotta – activist, fundraiser, and builder of movements – is the founder and Chief Humanity Officer of Advertising for Humanity, an agency dedicated to the expansion and transformation of high-impact humanitarian organizations. He is also the Founder and President of the Charity Defense Council, a national leadership movement dedicated to transforming the way the donating public thinks about charity and change.
Dan is the innovator and inventor behind the multi-day charitable event industry. He created the Breast Cancer 3-Day walks as well as the multi-day AIDS Rides, which raised in excess of half a billion dollars in nine years and were the subject of a Harvard Business School case study. The model and methods he created are now employed by dozens of charities and raise in excess of $100 million annually for important causes from pediatric leukemia to AIDS to suicide prevention and many others.
He is the author of Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential, and his latest book, Charity Case: How the Nonprofit Community Can Stand Up for Itself and Really Change the World. Dan is also a featured weekly contributor to the Harvard Business Review online.
A William J. Clinton Distinguished Lecturer, Dan has spoken at Stanford, Wharton, Harvard Business School, Harvard’s Hauser Center for Nonprofits, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Brown, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Council on Foundations, the Gates Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, and the Milken Institute. He has received numerous honors and awards, including: the Liberty Hill Foundation Creative Vision award; the Triangle Center Humanitarian of the Year award; the Albany State University International Citizen of the Year award, and the Seven Fund Morality of Profit Essay Prize.
Dan has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and Stanford Social Innovation Review, and has appeared on TODAY, CNN, CNBC, and NPR.