There’s a fundamental tension in the way we do philanthropy. It lurks in the background, hoping not to be noticed. It’s that dreaded word: overhead.
There’s a tension between donors, who want as much of their money as possible to go to the cause, and the overhead that’s necessary to grow the organization and raise more money.
But, see, we’ve been coming at it all wrong. Low overhead isn’t a matter of getting rid of the coffee machine in the office and firing half your staff. That’s a surface solution to a much deeper problem. We need to get to the source.