Top 10 Ted Talks for Nonprofits

Ted Talks, like nonprofits, are known for educating and inspiring.

Every nonprofit could always use some extra motivation, and these passion-filled and insightful talks leave us with no shortage of inspiration. Here are a few talks that stood out to us.

1. “The Way We Think About Charity is Dead Wrong”

With over 4 million views, this talk by Dan Pallotta has reached many minds and has encouraged people to “change the way we think about changing the world.” He proposes that nonprofits should be rewarded for how much they accomplish, and not how little they spend.

2.  “What Nonprofits Can Learn from Coca-Cola”

In this Ted Talk, well-known philanthropist Melinda Gates suggests that nonprofits could mimic the global network that Coca-Cola has created in order to reach and provide aid in even the most remote places.

3. “You Are the Future of Philanthropy”

Katherine Fulton inspires in this talk when she implores ordinary people to come together to accomplish incredible things. She outlines pathways to success through collaboration and achievable examples.

4. “The Generosity Experiment”

Sasha Dichter talks about his month long experiment in generosity in this insightful video. By being generous with his time and knowledge, he learns about the impact that generosity can have on daily life.

5. “Why Some People Are More Altruistic Than Others”

Abigail Marsh explores the spectrum of altruism in this thought provoking talk. She reflects on why some people are more likely to give than others, even if it is to their own detriment.

6. “A Third Way to Think about Aid”

In this video, nonprofit leader Jacqueline Novogratz suggests that entrepreneurship and innovation are the keys to driving impactful change. She shares her knowledge on how having a businesslike approach can benefit nonprofits.

7. “The Why and How of Effective Altruism”

Peter Singer mulls over the most effective ways to give and discusses ways to create balance and the biggest impact possible.

8. “How to Start a Movement”

Derek Sivers talks leadership in this funny and poignant video on how to create a movement by daring to be bold and daring to be different.

9. “5 Ways to Lead in an Era of Constant Change”


Jim Hemerling is an expert on leadership and turning undesirable situations into opportunities for growth and success. He discusses ways to make people a priority in order to encourage a positive attitude towards change.

10. “3 Ways to Plan for the (Very) Long Term”

Ari Wallach shares a message that is especially relevant for nonprofits. He encourages thinking long term in order to plan for a better and more stable future instead of making decisions based on short term gains.


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Charles Z is the Founder and CEO of Donorbox. He has been starting companies and numerous web applications since college. Nowadays he is immersed and wildly excited about the the future of the social impact sector.

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