Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Some material we've seen on the Cost of Fundraising

Here are some links from AFP and elsewhere which discuss the Cost of Fundraising.
A December 1st 2009 story via the Chronicle Give and Take Blog
An AFP article on Avoiding the Cost Ratio Trap
AFP member Barbara Clemenson comments and provides a personal white paper on Percentage Fundraising.
Material on the AFP website which discusses various aspects of this topic at the following links.

Congressional Committee Proposes Fundraising Cost Disclosures
(Jan. 21, 2008) The House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a second hearing on Jan. 17 to investigate fundraising costs by veterans charities, with several members of Congress calling for charities to disclose their fundrai

Overhead Costs Too Low, You Say? Watch Your Mouth!
(July 28, 2008) Much has been made of fundraising costs and the overhead expenses of nonprofits. There are percentages thrown about and charities measured and judged based on these numbers. But if you have an “acceptable” or “good
Majority of Americans Believe Nonprofit Overhead Unreasonable
(Feb. 19, 2008) Sixty-two percent of Americans believe the typical nonprofit organization spends more than what is reasonable on overhead expenses such as administration and fundraising, according to a new survey. (Feb. 19, 2008) Sixty-two percent of
Fundraising Costs: Keeping Your Board…On Board
(Sept. 15, 2008) Showing your board how to see past over-simplified cost ratios is a critical way to ensure strategic growth and arm your biggest advocates with the information to engage in these conversations with donors and potential supporters.
FAQ: Evaluating Fundraising Costs
What are some guidelines for evaluating fundraising costs? See also: Fundraising costs: A Game of One-downmanship by James M. Greenfield, ACFRE

From the NCCS study
Other sources


What is the average cost per dollar raised?
An article from Board Source
An article from Mal Warwick

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