They quote a yearlong RAND corporation study that found that nonprofit staff spend up to half of their time (and 11% of their agencies' budgets) collecting information, tracking expenses, writing reports, and attending meetings to meet funding requirements.
"If non-profit social services groups can find ways to comply with reporting requirements more effectively and efficiently, they will have more time and money to help the clients they serve," said lead author Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo, a RAND developmental psychologist. ... Lara-Cinisomo said funding agencies should try to find ways to limit the type of information they request of non-profits to the most necessary and relevant.Nonprofits are already aware of the need to spend as little time and money as possible on meeting their reporting requirements. I just hope that funders pay attention to the second bit of advice about limiting what they request.
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