Watch Your Overhead

Pamela’s Podcast – August 15, 2015

Dr. Pamela Barden, a well-respected 35-year successful fundraising executive is interviewed by Lighthouse Counsel President Jeff Jowdy to share her insight on the important topic of overhead and the dramatic role it plays in our industry.

According to Pamela, “Overhead is the cost of doing business and we should stop treating it like a nasty family secret.” Pamela shares the key reasons why fundraising professionals should help donors understand the term of overhead in a more realistic and meaningful way.

According to Pamela, there are three pressing issues facing nonprofits in the area of overhead that could be game changers:

• Possible changes in charitable tax deductions on the federal level
• Elimination of joint allocation of costs
• PILOTS or Payment in Lieu of Taxes on the state and local level

Understanding these issues as a fundraiser and using that information to help your donors understand them on a more intimate level could make a major difference in the number and level of donations you receive in the future.

Listen to Pamela as she explains how to get your donors to realize how overhead can help your organization grow from being transactional to transformational.

Author: PJBarden

With a professional career in strategic fundraising that spans more than 35 years, Pamela brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to working with nonprofit organizations. She specializes in writing fundraising copy, grant proposals, P.R. materials, instructional articles and blog entries, as well as developing and executing fundraising strategy for her clients. Pamela is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE); an instructor for UCLA Extension School’s Fundraising Certification Program and the University of La Verne, College of Business and Public Management; a frequent webinar speaker; and author of two online courses for UCLA Extension. Pamela earned a Doctorate of Business Administration in 2015; her doctoral project (dissertation) was entitled “Nonprofit Organizations’ Awareness of and Preparation for Legislation, Regulation, and Increasing Scrutiny.” She is a past winner of a Gold Award for Fundraising Excellence and an ECHO Award from DMA; recipient of a Distinguished Instructors Award from UCLA Extension; a weekly columnist for NonprofitPRO (formerly Fundraising Success); and a monthly contributor to Blackbaud’s blog, npEngage.

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