posts tagged as Overhead Myth


By Andrea Wilson | February 15, 2018

Shaking Off the Stigma of Indirect Costs

The “burden” of indirect costs remains one of the top concerns for both nonprofit organizations and their donors. Faced with limitations on indirect cost recovery from private foundations, shrinking federal dollars, and the increasing... read more


By Adam B. Cole | July 06, 2017

A Nonprofit Liquidity Crisis is Brewing

Nonprofit federal and state funding could be on the chopping block—and few organizations have enough operating reserves to fall back on. Data from Nonprofit Standards, our first annual nonprofit benchmarking survey, provides insight into... read more


By Nonprofit Practice Leaders | June 02, 2016

Alert: Changes to Charity Navigator’s Rating System

Influential assessment organization Charity Navigator unveiled a new rating system Wednesday, June 1, that it says gives donors a better picture of organizations’ performance over time.The nonprofit updated seven metrics used for... read more


By Nonprofit Practice Leaders | July 14, 2015

The Summer 2015 Nonprofit Standard Newsletter is Now Available

Nonprofits say “impact.” Stakeholders say “prove it.” read more


By Nonprofit Practice Leaders | December 22, 2014

Happy Holidays from the Nonprofit & Education Team! – Top Posts of the Year

With the New Year approaching, we’ve taken time to reflect on what has been an exciting year for the nonprofit sector. Here are a few of our top posts from 2014, in case you missed them. read more


By Nonprofit Practice Leaders | February 10, 2014

The Overhead Myth: A Long-Term Challenge & Opportunity for Nonprofits

Last month, we attended the BDO, UBS and Wells Fargo jointly-sponsored event, “Summit to End the Overhead Myth,” in New York City. read more


By Nonprofit Practice Leaders | November 04, 2013

4 Trends Impacting Not-for-Profit Operations in the Coming Year

This week, our own Rebekuh Eley and Cathy Stopyra are attending the AICPA’s Not-for-Profit Financial Executive Forum in San Francisco, where they are leading a session on the life cycle of an IRS exam and what nonprofit organizations can... read more


By Laurie De Armond | September 11, 2013

Preparing for a Results-Based Evaluation System: Thoughts on the New Charity Navigator System

Back in July, my colleague Richard Larkin commented on the troubling reliance on overhead as a metric for measuring nonprofit success. As he discussed in Nonprofit Quarterly, donors should be judging an organization’s success based on... read more


By Nonprofit Practice Leaders | July 24, 2013

The Overhead Myth: A Success Metric Conundrum

Richard Larkin, technical director for nonprofit accounting at BDO, recently contributed a telling article to the Nonprofit Quarterly following the issuance of the GuideStar, Charity Navigator and Wise Giving Alliance’s letter calling... read more