Dan Pallotta invented the multi-day charitable event industry with the AIDS Rides and Breast Cancer 3-Days. These events altered the landscape of options for ordinary individuals seeking to make an extraordinary difference.
Dan's work brought the practice of four-figure philanthropy within the reach of the average citizen who had never raised money for charity before in their lives. 182,000 people of all shapes, sizes, and backgrounds participated in these inspiring, often grueling, long-distance events that raised $582 million in nine years - more money raised more quickly for these causes than any private event operation in history. Three million people donated to the events.
To put this in perspective, the events that Dan's company — Pallotta TeamWorks —reated and produced, raised more money than the American Express Charge Against Hunger ($21 million), Pepsi Refresh ($15 million), Hands Across America ($34 million), USA for Africa ($66 million), Product (RED) ($150 million), Kiva ($100 million), and American Idol Gives Back ($175 million) combined as of 2011.
Dan also created the Out of the Darkness suicide prevention events, which brought that issue out into the open and gave its closeted constituents the courage to put the cause on the map. The event concept has netted millions for the cause.
Dan is the author of Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential, the best-selling title in the history of Tufts University Press. The Stanford Social Innovation Review said that it "deserves to become the nonprofit sector's new manifesto," and which contributed to a new conversation about economic freedom for the humanitarian sector. His newest book is Charity Case: How the Nonprofit Community Can Stand Up for Itself and Really Change the World from Jossey-Bass. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. described it as "An Apollo program for American philanthropy and the nonprofit sector".
Dan is a featured weekly contributor to the Harvard Business Review online.
Dan is the founder and Chief Humanity Officer of Advertising for Humanity, a full-service brand and inspiration agency for the humanitarian sector. He is also founder and President of the Charity Defense Council, a new national leadership movement dedicated to transforming the way the donating public thinks about charity and change.
His iconic TED Talk has been viewed more than 3 million times. It is one of the top 50 most-viewed TED Talks of all time.
He is a William J. Clinton Distinguished Lecturer, and has spoken at Stanford, Wharton, Harvard Business School, Harvard's Hauser Center for Nonprofits, Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, Tufts University, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Council on Foundations, the Gates Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, and the Milken Institute, among others.
Dan been written about in feature and cover stories in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and has appeared on The Today Show, CNN, CNBC, American Public Media’s Marketplace, and on numerous NPR stations, among others.
Known as one of Canada's leading serial social entrepreneurs, Andreas was the original founder of Green Rewards, the world's first mass eco-points initiative, which was eventually fused with the very popular AIR MILES program and rewarded millions of Canadians with their favourite loyalty points for greener and healthier lifestyle choices.
More recently he launched Social Change Rewards, a global wellness promotion venture that partners with national governments to inspire and reward positive behaviour changes on a mass scale.
Andreas has been recognized globally for his entrepreneurial and social change achievements.
His recent bestselling memoir, Misfit: Changemaker with an Edge, has proven uniquely popular among younger audiences and is also spawning the creation of a biopic film.
He is a prolific public speaker, writer and advisor to a number NGOs and University business schools. He serves on the Canadian Executive Board of the Young & World Presidents' Organization and on the Executive Board of Toronto's Harbourfront Centre.