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How Can You do the Most Good with Your Charitable Giving? This Expert's Answers Might Surprise You

Linch Zhang | Posted 07.05.2016 | Impact
Linch Zhang

GiveWell is a relatively young (started in 2007) charity rating agency that makes recommendations to donors based on the expected impact of their doll...

Understanding the Real Cost of Nonprofit Work

John E. Kobara | Posted 11.17.2016 | Los Angeles
John E. Kobara

We all want to help nonprofits continue to deliver measurable and sustainable outcomes. And in Los Angeles, the message is simple and straight forward: value nonprofits by paying them what it costs to provide the vital and essential services we all depend upon.

Nonprofit Overhead Doesn't Matter. Except When It Does.

Brady Josephson | Posted 03.22.2015 | Impact
Brady Josephson

Nonprofits need to make their donors feel like they are changing the world. One of the main reasons people don't give is because of futility. They don't feel that their donation will make a difference.

How to Ride the Irregular-Income Roller Coaster

David A. Dedman | Posted 03.22.2015 | Money
David A. Dedman

If you're self-employed, then you likely have irregular income. Let's face it: Budgeting sucks. So here are a few creative ideas on budgeting when some moths are flush while others are lean.

How Do We Define Effectiveness for Charitable Organizations?

Steve Nardizzi | Posted 02.08.2015 | Impact
Steve Nardizzi

Like any other business, nonprofits need funding to effectively fulfill their mission and serve their populations. And yet, charitable organizations are too often under fire for fundraising and operating costs.

This Giving Tuesday: Five Reasons to Stop Obsessing About Overhead at Non-Profits

Michael Zakaras | Posted 01.31.2015 | Impact
Michael Zakaras

This Giving Tuesday, let's think twice about our overhead obsession and what it might mean for the very same organizations we're rooting for. And let's give thanks to those who have chosen careers dedicated to solving big problems that affect us all.

How Philanthropy Is Changing the Culture on Full Cost Funding

Valerie S. Lies | Posted 08.13.2014 | Impact
Valerie S. Lies

Breaking the nonprofit starvation cycle is not easy, but exciting progress keeps happening. To keep that momentum going, a great deal of culture change is needed.

Which Would You Rather Be as an Organization -- Efficient or Effective?

Nourish International | Posted 06.16.2014 | Business
Nourish International

The difference between these two issues has been a point of contention within the sector over the last several years and the conversation is far from over.

The New Four-Letter Word In The Nonprofit Sector

Renee C. Herrell | Posted 04.13.2014 | Impact
Renee C. Herrell

The "overhead myth" is centered on the idea that nonprofits are valued by how little they spend on overhead. Overhead includes salaries for non-program management, office space, office technology and office supplies -- the non-sexy budget line items of a nonprofit organization.

A Sure-Fire Way To Boost The Bottom Line

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 03.15.2014 | Business
Mary Ellen Biery

With sales growth slowing among private U.S. companies, businesses need to preserve or grow the bottom line, and one sure-fire way is to control or cu...

Controlling Overhead: Finding an Unpaid Nonprofit CEO

George Weiner | Posted 02.02.2014 | Impact
George Weiner

An organization that avoids overhead by paying employees nothing, avoids program evaluations and spends close to zero in technical infrastructure can't possibly be the best social investment.

Charity Navigator's Focus on Results Isn't a Slam Dunk

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Tiziana Dearing

Charity Navigator, a web site that provides potential donors with a way to evaluate in which nonprofits to invest, has announced a shift in how it will evaluate nonprofits itself. Some nonprofits are up in arms over whether such reporting will be fair and sufficiently nuanced.

How a Recession and a Myth Revealed What We Already Knew

Kathleen P. Enright | Posted 11.24.2013 | Impact
Kathleen P. Enright

Facing increased demand for services, nonprofits with limited resources did the best they could to stretch those dollars further, and many funders stepped in with emergency stopgap resources to help.

Are employers fretting over overhead?

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 11.11.2013 | Business
Mary Ellen Biery

If you're worried about losing your job, you're less likely to take on a new-car monthly payment if your old vehicle is meeting most of your needs, ri...

Work in Progress

Greg Woodburn | Posted 09.10.2013 | Impact
Greg Woodburn

The focus on non-profit organizations' overhead expenses as a top benchmark for performance has hindered capacity-building efforts and limited the entrance and retention of talent in the sector.

The Overhead Myth

Ken Berger | Posted 06.19.2013 | Impact
Ken Berger

By Art Taylor, Jacob Harold, and Ken Berger To the Donors of America: We write to correct a misconception about what matters when deciding which char...

It's Time for Real Talk About Real Nonprofit Overhead Costs

Valerie S. Lies | Posted 08.19.2013 | Impact
Valerie S. Lies

Instead of "do more with less," we ought to be asking -- and providing -- what nonprofits need in order to be successful. The balance sheet doesn't begin to tell the whole story.

Ten Things I'd Like to Tell Every New Philanthropist -- #1

Paul Shoemaker | Posted 03.25.2012 | Impact
Paul Shoemaker

Non-profit organizations are businesses just like any for-profit entity, but with a social mission. They have to invest not only in the "product," but also in the systems, infrastructure and operations to support the end product.

The Next Generation of Cost Savings

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 07.06.2011 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

In today's competitive environment, few companies can afford to overlook the opportunity to achieve this next generation of cost savings, which could amount to as much at 1 percent or more of a firm's profit margin.

Guest Post by Jacob Harold -- The Nonprofit Marketplace: Getting Social Impact Bang For Our Philanthropic Bucks

Paul Brest | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Paul Brest

The nonprofit marketplace doesn't exhibit the single most essential characteristic of a well-functioning market: open exchange of high-quality information that helps people make good decisions.

Administrative Costs and Overhead

Paul Brest | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Paul Brest

Don't yawn and click on another link -- administrative costs and overhead sound really boring, but they're critically important for nonprofit organizations and also for donors.