The Value of Leadership and Other Unnecessary Overhead Costs

Posted on Actualizado enn

ASPA National Weblog

nonprofit chainAlthough grant writing is a year-round activity, things tend to pick up substantially between January and May. Without a grant writer or development person, grant-writing season is an “all hands on deck”, time at my nonprofit. For larger opportunities or new programs, my CFO and I take the lead. For routine reapplications and smaller opportunities, the Program Directors are in charge. In all cases, responding to Requests for Proposals is part program development, part patchwork quilt budgeting, and part navigating a growing number of operational and budgetary constraints.

Of course, the need for constraints is understandable. The Powers That Be need to be certain that funds are expended in accordance with the objective of the grant, and in compliance with applicable laws and public policy.  I also take very seriously the responsibility that my organization has to use funding for the purposes expressed, in the most efficient, ethical and transparent…

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