Are overhead costs a good guide for charitable giving

  title={Are overhead costs a good guide for charitable giving},
  author={J. Meer},
  journal={The IZA World of Labor},
  • J. Meer
  • Published 2017
  • Business
  • The IZA World of Labor
  • Charity rating agencies often focus on overhead cost ratios in evaluating charities, and donors appear to be sensitive to these measures when deciding where to donate. Yet, there appears to be a tenuous connection between this widely-used metric and a charity’s effectiveness. There is evidence that a focus on overhead costs leads charities to underinvest in important functions, especially skilled workers. To evaluate policies that regulate overhead costs, it is necessary to examine whether… CONTINUE READING
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