Monday, September 24, 2018 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Lewis Hall (RGL), 308
650 Childs Way, Los Angeles, CA 90089
Nonprofit Research Seminar Series – Fall 2018
Hosted by The USC Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy
“The Shock of Evaluation: Examining the Impact of Efficiency Metrics on Nonprofit’s Reporting and Revenues”
Alexandra Graddy-Reed, Assistant Professor of Public Policy
Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California
Despite the constant battle over administrative costs, the existing literature has failed to converge on how overhead ratios actually impact nonprofit revenues and donor behavior. To date, the research has examined the issue either by addressing how do overhead ratios impact donations or how do intermediary ratings impact donations; each with inconsistent results. With improved analysis techniques, I address the issues through two models that more accurately account for the mechanism of third party ratings in the overhead debate. The research question is two-fold: first, how has the rise of intermediaries and their ratings impacted the overhead ratios nonprofits report? And second, how do overhead ratios and third party ratings impact individual charitable contributions and private foundation grants? To answer these questions, data are used from the Charity Navigator ratings database and the National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS) Statistics of Income (SOI) files. Preliminary results indicate no effect of third party ratings on nonprofit reporting.
*Lunch will be served. Please RSVP by Thursday, September 20, 2018 to firstname.lastname@example.org.