Calculating True Program Costs

Nonprofits Assistance Fund believes that knowing the real, true costs of delivering nonprofit programs is critical to move an organization towards sustainable finances. When you know what it costs to deliver your programs you are better able to make decisions about fundraising, contract terms or pricing, and how to make the best use of unrestricted revenue. Great decisions require great information. This e-study walks through the steps of calculating true program costs with the Cedar Cultural Center, a nonprofit music and community venue in Minneapolis, MN and illuminates the value of calculating true program costs for all nonprofits.    See full post

Writing Policy Issue Briefs

This video brief is an introduction to writing a policy issue brief. The video gathers perspectives from students, policy professionals and faculty on the use of issue briefs as important tools for political decision making. What is the purpose of an issue brief and how are they useful? How does an issue brief differ from a fact sheet or advocacy material? How is a brief organized in a useful way?    See full post

Adapting Evaluation for Local Contexts in a Globalized World

This e-study gathers resources for practitioners who seek to design and implement culturally responsive evaluations. The study highlights the expansion of the field of evaluation to national and contexts where evaluation has been historically missing. In doing so, the study engages the learners in critical thinking about the nature and dissemination of evaluation evidence for decision-making that leads to equitable distribution of resources.    See full post

The Sharpen Your Financial Focus Evaluation

This e-study provides an overview of a complex, multi-stage program evaluation for a national nonprofit credit counseling organization. The program was evaluated using experimental, quasi-experimental, and more basic descriptive designs. This e-study describes an array of different research strategies used by evaluators to showcase their strengths and weaknesses, and guides viewers through important considerations and pitfalls evaluators may face.    See full post