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Month: March 2016

We Need to Have a Better Conversation about Overhead

For the last several years, the nonprofit sector has been having a very serious conversation about ‘overhead’. It’s a conversation that stems from a very real problem: many donors believe that nonprofit organizations should spend at least 77% of their budgets directly on the services they provide. That might not sound…

There Are Shop Boys, and There Are Boys Who Happen to Work in a Shop for the Time Being

Recently, I watched the movie Stardust, based on the novel by Neil Gaiman. A few days later, I read a white paper from ideas42 titled Poverty Interrupted: Applying Behavioral Science to the Context of Chronic Scarcity. A similar idea – or, at least, an idea that looked similar when I saw at…

Lansie Sylvia: How to Give: Should I Start My Own Nonprofit?

So go out onto the corner and multiply the number of bars you see by 21 and think about what it would feel like to open up a bar on that newly envisioned corner. That’s what you’re up against in the charitable marketplace, because foundations and donors range from…

Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much

One of the biggest questions in addressing poverty is the question of why people remain poor despite the many public and private resources available to them. Among those who make the case against charity, the theory is often that something is wrong with the person who is poor: they…

Being Stingy Doesn’t Work

Last week, I shared this post from Vu Le at Nonprofit With Balls. I excerpted this quote from it: Budget Testing allows a larger nonprofit to be able to grow, while smaller, grassroots organizations continue to struggle. Getting 10K, while great, is not nearly as helpful as getting 100K. With 100K,…

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