Calculating the fully loaded cost of programs can be a difficult exercise for many nonprofits. Fortunately, there are some great resources available to nonprofits leaders.
Nonprofit Finance Fund
Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) unlocks the potential of mission-driven organizations through tailored investments, strategic advice and accessible insights. Founded in 1980, NFF helps organizations connect money to mission effectively, and supports innovations such as growth capital campaigns, cross-sector economic recovery initiatives and impact investing.
StrongNonprofits.org was developed by the Wallace Foundation and Fiscal Management Associates to be a central hub for nonprofit finance tools and resources.
Nonprofit Program Budget Builder is tool for building a nonprofit organization’s budget on a programmatic/functional basis, including allocation of personnel and direct and indirect non-personnel expenses. Click here for a step-by-step instructional video on how to use the tool.
Nonprofit Assistance Fund provides a variety of great tools and resources to help nonprofits develop and implement effective practices. Explore their resource library here.
True Program Costs provides a guide and an accompanying spreadsheet template that breaks down the process of understanding true program costs, either through budgeting or financial reports, into several stages.
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
Excellent resources from the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, which has long been a leading voice on this topic.