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A Better Way to Give: Rethinking Resource Allocation in the Nonprofit Sector with an Impact-First Approach

by Widoff, Ethan Beck

Abstract

This research aims to improve practices in the nonprofit sector by countering the current giving method, weakened by anti-overhead biases in popular evaluation models, with a new impact-first approach. Focused on the outputs nonprofits produce, this approach first incorporates a new evaluation model uniquely geared to illustrate the ability each given nonprofit has to create impact. Second, this alternative model will open the door to a new impact performance variable, measuring the efficiency at which nonprofits produce impact given their capability to do so.  As a result, this impact-first approach can more accurately identify nonprofits most efficient at producing impact encouraging stronger resource allocation to these organizations – a better way to give.

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Copyright
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Publisher
Colorado College Tutt Library
PID
coccc:30812
Digital Origin
born digital
Extent
40 (as written on page, page number 45 of actual pages) pages : illustrations
Thesis
Senior Thesis -- Colorado College
Thesis Advisor
Sandeep Sharma
Department/Program
Economics and Business
Degree Name
Bachelor of Arts
Degree Type
bachelor
Degree Grantor
Colorado College Tutt Library
Date Issued
2019-05