The Magical Nonprofit Financial Ratio Matrix

Blue Fox

Our team at Blue Fox created this Magical Ratio Matrix to help your organization measure its financial health against industry standards. What are the red flags for each ratio? Are your ratios within the acceptable range?

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A Closer Look at Nonprofit Technology Benchmarks: Staffing Ratios


Another benchmark we think is importmant for nonprofits to consider is the ratio of organizational staff to their tech-responsible staff. But even with the increased number of technology staff positions, the number of organizational staff supported by each tech staff (the ratio of total organizational staff to tech staff) increases for larger organizations.

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How Working Capital Protects Nonprofits from Rainy Days

Charity Navigator

budget rainy day fund revenue savings working capital working capital ratio The term working capital has been used in the for-profit industry for a long time. It is usually defined as the difference between a company’s current assets and its current liabilities.

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Myth Busters: Why Donors Shouldn’t Rely on the Overhead Ratio

NonProfit Hub

Rottenness is not a very useful criteria for picking where to eat, but GuideStar President and CEO Jacob Harold said this scenario happens every time a person chooses to rely upon a nonprofit’s overhead ratio to make a donation. The project started two years ago when the companies launched a website ( decrying the reliance of nonprofits on overhead ratios. The post Myth Busters: Why Donors Shouldn’t Rely on the Overhead Ratio appeared first on Nonprofit Hub.

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The Lurker to Contributor Ratio: Tagging Communities Compared To Other Online Communities

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Indeed, I've been looking for some research that confirms that the lurker to participant ratio in online communities (see Nielsen ) holds true for some web2.0 This was an attempt to find out the ratio of contribution to ???lurking??? Chart from David White, JISC funded ???SPIRE??? SPIRE??? project 2007 Survey , Via Stephen Downes comes a pointer to a David White's JISC funded ???SPIRE??? SPIRE??? project 2007 Survey , a British-based, of 1400 respondents, on the use of Web 2.0

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Why You Should Do A Cost-Benefit Analysis Before Throwing Your Next Nonprofit Fundraising Event


When it comes to individual giving, an acceptable cost-benefit ratio can depend on a range of factors: Your organization’s history, age, and size. raised ratio, or would he/she prefer it generate $4 million at the cost of $1 million, for a $0.25 raised ratio?

NetCentric Advocacy: The best Seller vs. the knock off campaign

Network-Centric Advocacy

Main | Ideas Worth Spreading: Hans Rosling from TED 2006 » August 10, 2007 The best Seller vs. the knock off campaign My sense is that this ratio plays out exactly the same with campaigns and campaign ideas. Posted at 09:59 PM in Advocacy Strategy | Permalink | Reblog (0) Comments The best Seller vs. the knock off campaign My sense is that this ratio plays out exactly the same with campaigns and campaign ideas. NetCentric Advocacy Advocacy Strategy for the Age of Connectivity.

8 Random But Useful Social Media Tips for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

The optimal aspect ratio for Twitter photos is 2:1. For your followers to see a full preview of the photos you upload to Twitter, photos should be sized with a 2:1 aspect ratio. For nonprofit admins that do not have the time to regularly research social media trends, it can be a battle to stay ahead of the learning curve.

3 Ways to Incorporate Matching Gifts Into Your Fundraising Strategy


While most matching gift companies match at a 1:1 ratio, some even match at a 2:1, 3:1, or even 4:1 ratio. Most matching gift programs offer funds at a 1:1 ratio, but some even go as high as 4:1.

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12 Nonprofit Call-to-Action Twitter Images to Study and Learn From

Nonprofit Tech for Good

It is true that tweets with images receive more engagement , but how much more engagement depends on the quality of the images and if they are properly sized for Twitter ( 1024 x 512 pixels or a 2:1 aspect ratio ). If your nonprofit is committed to maximizing engagement on Twitter, then you must create visually compelling call-to-action images for fundraising and advocacy campaigns.

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How to Create a Fairly Meaningful Budget for 2021

Blue Fox

Do some math Use our Magical Nonprofit Financial Ratio Matrix to assess your organization’s financial health. Sometimes budgets can feel like necessary evils instead of tools (how we think of them). Even scarier is creating a budget for 2021 after 2020’s dumpster fire of a year.

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Beyond Tech: Event Photography Guide

Cadmium CD

When deciding what kinds of moments you want to capture in photos at your event, consider a target ratio of candid and staged shots. Written by Aubrey Moore. For event planners and meeting organizers, event photography is a must — but how do you get the most out of your budget?

Before Publishing Your Annual Appeal, Ask Yourself These 5 Questions


Here’s an example: As you can see, the ratio of ego-centric to donor-centric pronouns is an astonishing 18:3. I’ve offered you checklists , FAQs and e-guides with templates for writing donor-centric annual appeals. I stick by them as a place to begin.

Making the Web Accessible: Color Choices

Media Cause

Paying attention to contrast ratios is one of the easiest ways we can adapt our websites to be more accessible for color blind people. In honor of GAAD, we’ll be diving into accessibility across digital marketing starting with website accessibility. .

10 Donation Page Best Practices for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

For example, Children International : Also, provided your program vs. operating expense ratio is good ( 75%/25% ), create a simple pie chart graphic that illuminates your program and operating costs.

Diversity in Design: Inclusion Won’t Fix a Broken System

Media Cause

Color theory, golden ratios, and hierarchy principles are rehearsed and practiced in design school and written about in magazines over and over again. The other day I attended an information session for a new initiative centered around increasing diversity in design.

How do you make your holiday charitable giving decisions?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Last year, Nathanial Whittemore facilitated an online discussion by asking bloggers to answer the question: " What is the one thing you need to know before you donate to charity? " This year the answer to the question isn't overhead ratios and executive salaries. . Nonprofit experts cite many reasons that focusing on an overhead ratio is not the best way to choose a charity: It tells you nothing about the impact the charity has on people it's trying to help.

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Don’t Panic: Common WordPress Errors and How to Fix Them (Part One)

Byte Technology

This most often occurs with sites using a custom theme, so first make sure there isn’t a problem with the width ratio (this is most common, and you can fix the problem by fiddling with the ratio until the page displays correctly) or with the “float property” (remember that “float: left” and “float: right” need to be added to all of the elements of a custom theme or they won’t function properly).

Is the 90-9-1 Rule for Online Community Engagement Dead? [Data]

AFP Blog

This rule states: User participation in an online community more or less follows the following 90-9-1 ratios:" 'via Blog this Is the 90-9-1 Rule for Online Community Engagement Dead? Data] : "There is a rule that has floated around in the social media world for quite some time called the Rule of Participation Inequality or the 90-9-1 Rule.

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10 Common Mistakes Made by Nonprofits on Social Media

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Not following on a 1:1 ratio on Twitter. If your nonprofit’s objective is to gain a lot of followers on Twitter, then you should follow on a 1:1 ratio. There are so many benefits to following on a 1:1 ratio, and sadly less than 1 percent of nonprofits on Twitter do. Written for the June 2011 issue of Fundraising Success Magazine , where I am writing a quarterly column throughout 2011.

New Refurbished Laptops, Desktops, and Monitors from RCI

Tech Soup Blog

Dell or NEC 17 - or 19-inch LCD Monitors These refurbished monitors feature 1280x1024 pixel resolution, 4:3 width-to-height ratio LCD display, and connect to your PC with a D-Sub (analog VGA) connection. Exciting things are happening at TechSoup's Refurbished Computer Initiative (RCI) , which brings high-quality, donated and discounted refurbished computers to nonprofits and libraries while creating environmentally-friendly alternatives to disposing of used computers.

Why should charitable donors invest in nonprofit infrastructure?

ASU Lodestar Center

The unrealistic expectations that have been created through the nonprofit starvation cycle by donors only continues to rise as nonprofit efficiency is judged on financial ratios. Illustration by Yuxin Qin.

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How Wikipedia Faces Emerging Knowledge with Collective Capital

Non Profit Quarterly

Drilling down on the issue of accuracy in her discussion with Marketplace, Maher puts the ratio of male volunteer editors to female-identified ones at about four to one. (No CC BY-SA 3.0 , Link. February 12, 2020; Marketplace.

7th Annual Nonprofit Technology Staffing & Investments Report: A Closer Look (Staffing Levels)


Another way we measure technology staffing levels is determing the Tech Staff - to - Organizational Staff Ratio. If you have 12 total staff members, and you know that the average ratio of tech-to-org staff for your budget size is 1:24, then you know that having at least 0.5 When we look at the YOY data above, we see quite a bit of variance in this ratio over the three years, and no distinguishible pattern (trend).

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Top 2021 Fundraising Strategies: Mastering Online Appeals and Messaging


A good ratio is three or four non-ask (cultivation) emails for each one with an ask (solicitation). This online appeals post is part two in a six-part series. You can read part one here. In part 1 of this series, I outlined my top six fundraising strategies for 2021: .

Top 2021 Fundraising Strategies: Increase Your Donor Lifetime Value


The ratio may not be exactly 80/20 (i.e. This is part four in a six-part series. Read part one , part two , and part three. . In part one of this series, I outlined my top six fundraising strategies for 2021: . Investing in digital-first fundraising and marketing communications.

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What Fuels Financial Sustainably? A Continuous Cycle of These 4 Elements

Blue Fox

​[PREFACE: This blog article was started pre-coronavirus pandemic. That’s why the first sentence doesn’t start, “During these difficult times,” and the context doesn’t talk about COVID-19 throughout.

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Big Email Change Is Coming: Is Your Nonprofit Ready?


A high open rate to click-thru rate (CTR) ratio helps you determine the efficacy of your content. On June 7, Apple threw a huge curveball at email marketers everywhere. In a nutshell, Apple announced a new privacy feature which can prevent senders from knowing when a user opens their email.

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Social Superpower: Using Facebook to Increase Your NPO’s Website Traffic

Byte Technology

While this may seem trivial, any non-profit sporting an FB presence should be closely monitoring the number of links from friends versus links from “Pages”—it’s more than likely that the ratio is ten-to-one or greater. One of the more advantageous developments from social media behemoth Facebook occurred recently when they increased News Feed exposure for links people share with their friends.

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New Huawei Y7 Pro 2019, Features, Photos, Price, Availability

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

inch screen: Aspect Ratio 19.5: Huawei does not rest on the last day of the year and has presented in Vietnam its latest mobile of 2018. The Huawei Y7 is a mobile with all the ingredients to be a successful mobile in the low range, and with great potential to be a best seller. New Huawei Y7 2019. Although we are still in 2018, Huawei has already started presenting its models for next year.

Why Cloud for Good is Excited About Admissions Connect

Cloud 4 Good

The interface features inclusive accessibility standards that pave the way for all users to interact with the application seamlessly through clearly defined tabs and color contrast ratios for the visually impaired.

Nonprofit You Should Know: Chicago Jewish Day School

Neon CRM

After moving buildings, hiring to keep up with their 5:1 student-faculty ratio, and getting more involved with their local community, they realized they no longer had time to manage repetitive, manual tasks.

Understand the procedure to crop the picture

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Select the desired ratio by clicking on the drop-down option. Photo editing allows photographers and designers to edit pictures in a variety of ways. Picture can be edited in a subtle way where the viewer may not be able to notice the difference or you can edit pictures more drastically. There are multiple ways to accomplish things that you wish to create in photos. There are many online tutorials that help you to learn photo editing.

How Zero to Three Improves Childhood Development Through Salesforce Technology

Cloud 4 Good

The strong connection between NPSP and Pardot also gives Zero to Three access to powerful data about their subscribers, including which list they subscribe to, open rates, click-to-open ratios, bounces, click-through rates, and interactions detailing if emails were fully read or just skimmed.

Will Nonprofits Move Away from One Big Gala Every Year?

Greater Giving

To test the hypothesis that virtual events produced a better cost-to-revenue ratio, we asked fundraisers in the State of Nonprofit Fundraising report how their event costs changed between their live events and virtual events, in relationship to their fundraising goals.

Seven Ways to Improve Engagement With Your Nonprofit Financial Reports


Key information on a balance sheet includes how cash compares to current liabilities (the quick ratio) and how assets that can be easily converted to cash compare to current liabilities (the current ratio). A ratio greater than one indicates that there are enough resources to meet obligations. A ratio less than one suggests that the organization is struggling to pay its bills, or is likely to begin struggling soon unless action is taken to improve cash balances.

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Courting Corporate: Utilizing the Opportunities of Company Philanthropy

Byte Technology

Others mirror matching gift programs in that the businesses will donate funds of equal or greater value (depending on the ratio) to the amount raised by an employee for a specific fundraising activity, like a 5K.” Today’s non-profit organizations have lots of avenues to explore when seeking monetary donations, from public and private fundraising events to email, social media and crowdfunding campaigns.

Online Fundraising Site: How To Create A High-Performing Fundraising Website


Traditionally, companies offer a 1:1 match ratio but some employers do a 1:2 or even a 1:3 match on all donations, up to a maximum amount. Let’s say a donor’s $50 gift was matched at 1:1 ratio. Online fundraising sites are powerful tools to help you fundraise.

The Better Way For Discussing Performance With An Employee

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Emphasizing what is wrong TO focusing on what is right (keep a five-to-one positive-to-negative ratio). Here is some great advice about the emerging practices for performance and development dialogue with an employee from the new book, Reinventing TheOrganization. Authors Arthur Yeung and Dave Ulrich recommend your conversations switch from : Having a conversation about performance at one point in time TO having performance conversations in real time (ongoing).

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Peer-to-Peer Fundraising | The Ultimate Guide [Updated]


Every donation made by an eligible donor can be matched at a 1:1, 2:1, or even 3:1 ratio. What is peer-to-peer fundraising? Put simply, it’s a strategy that lets people raise money on your behalf using personalized fundraising pages.

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Use Nonprofit Financials as a Strategic Decision-Making Tool


One key to making informed, strategic decisions is financial ratio analysis. Current ratio. The first important ratio to know is your current ratio, which is your current assets (usually cash and accounts receivable and sometimes inventory) divided by your current liabilities. There is no bright line ratio that separates financial ease and financial trouble, but a current ratio of one is a helpful demarcation. Quick ratio.

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How Removing Overhead Can Improve Donation Rates

NonProfit Hub

And if your ratio is higher than the magic number, it may drive potential donors to other organizations. Cost of living and supplies affect this ratio as well. As Guidestar points out, program ratios aren’t the last word for how successful a nonprofit is. Despite the campaign against it, the program/overhead ratio is still used by donors to make decisions on where to give their money. One number can doom a nonprofit’s fundraising efforts before they even begin.

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AlumnIQ and Double the Donation Launch Advanced Matching Gift Integration

Double the Donation

This link is accompanied by matching gift guidelines including program eligibility, offered match ratio and more. AlumnnIQ, a powerful and innovative fundraising platform, has partnered with Double the Donation to bring automated matching gift technology to its clients.