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Article: Pay-What-It-Takes Philanthropy

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Publication date: 
June 2016
This Stanford Social Innovation Review article argues for a new grantmaking approach-- "one that provides enough money for nonprofits to pay for all their operations, not just programs and services." By Jeri Eckhart-Queenan, Michael Etzel, & Sridhar Prasad | Summer 2016 The authors examined the indirect rates of more than 20 nonprofit organizations in order to understand exactly how much organizations are spending on all aspects of their operations. They discovered that "indirect costs make up a much larger percentage of a nonprofit’s total costs than is widely understood." This article...
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GEO 2007 General Operating Support: Action Guide

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Publication date: 
August 2007
What is general operating support? How are grantmakers providing it? GEO's answer to these questions (and more) were inspired by a spirited conversation that took place in early 2007 on the GEO listserv. The guide provides a comprehensive look at operating support funding. "Our goal is to help grantmakers understand why general operating support is important, how to make it work and how to ensure accountability. The discussion is not a new one. For decades, many philanthropic and nonprofit leaders have called on grantmakers to boost their support for infrastructure and operating costs. But...
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