In recent months, it seems every conference and magazine, every blog and every water cooler conversation has eventually turned to overhead. For years, that has been the measurement watchdog groups, foundations and corporations, individuals and nonprofit organizations themselves have used to “rate” the overall effectiveness. It’s only recently, when “excessive” overhead (however you define that) has come under scrutiny, that we’ve started asking, “Is there a better way to measure effectiveness?”
I’m conducting research for a doctoral project to hopefully shed some light on ways nonprofit organizations in general, and fundraisers in specific, can prepare for overhead challenges that come at them from external forces—the legislation, regulation and revised practices that threaten even the best-managed nonprofit organization. If you work at or volunteer for a nonprofit organization in the United States, you’re invited to participate in this research by completing the survey online. It should take you less than 10 minutes.
Feel free to invite colleagues to complete the survey, as well. And thank you for helping to contribute to the body of knowledge that helps nonprofits organizations have the most effective fundraising efforts possible.