Is Overhead the Problem with Non-Profits?

Traditionally, “overhead” (office expenses, salaries, phone, etc) has been the bane of churches, ministries, and non-profits.  The goal has always been to keep overhead low and get more dollars into outreach and service projects. In fact, most evaluations of non-profits are based on comparing overhead costs, in the belief that people would rather give to organizations with lower overhead expenses.  But in this month’s Fast Company magazine, writer Nancy Lublin questions that thinking.  Check out the article and let me know what you think.

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  1. I love that article.  Non-profits have to end up doing a lot of working over the math to give the appearance of that 95% or more going “directly” to ministry.  I think it’s more math juggling than accuracy in most cases.  🙂

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