I’m excited about this post; I’ve been thinking about coming home and writing this all day. In a lot of ways, this post will be a follow-up to yesterday’s post about some of the major hurdles for international fundraising, but it approaches the topic from the opposite direction.
In Nonprofitlandia, one of the things that is fascinating to me is the expectation for “every dollar” or “97 cents on the dollar” to go to “the program”. A donor wants to know that the donation they make is doing the most good, and they want to hear “Yes Mr Donor, we work very hard to keep our overhead costs low so that 95 cents on the dollar of your donation goes to support such-and-such.” I’m about to ask what will probably be a controversial question, so hear me out before you start casting stones. Does keeping overhead costs low translate into “doing the most good?”