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As family philanthropists, it’s difficult to read headlines about abuses at wasteful, extravagant nonprofits without feeling the urge to look suspiciously at the expenses of groups that seek our support.
These reports—such as the recent exposé about lavish travel spending at the popular veterans charity The Wounded Warrior Project—challenge everything we want to believe about how nonprofits should operate.
They also feed the well-worn narrative that overhead at nonprofits is evil.
But it’s time for our field to take a united stand in favor of overhead.
Yes, we must make sure that the groups we support are truly working to make an impact rather than pad the bank accounts of shady actors. But, in our quest to keep an eye out for excess, we are often perpetuating the same problem we are attempting to solve.
Read the full article about standing up for overhead by Katherine Lorenz at the National Center for Family Philanthropy.