Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Finances at the Scouts

It is hard not to notice the different ways the Girl Scouts of America and the Boy Scouts of America are viewed publicly.  Much has been written about the financial woes at the Girl Scouts.  While the Boy Scouts face their own controversies outside of the financial realm, their financial situation seems far less dire.  There is good reason for this – the Boy Scouts routinely outperform the Girl Scouts in terms of financial performance, despite  their similar sizes (approx. 2.3 million Girl Scouts compared to approx. 2.6 million Boy Scouts).  The last two years are instructive:

Annual Change in Net Assets

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Some Reactions to the Reactions to my Op-ed in the Chronicle of Philanthropy

I recently wrote an Opinion piece in the Chronicle of Philanthropy warning the nonprofit sector of the potential for a growing rift between nonprofit insiders and donors when it comes to financial accountability.  The gist of the piece was that while donors are very concerned about where their money goes, nonprofits seem to be spending more effort convincing donors not to pay attention to summary financial measures than they are in providing and highlighting more detailed financial information.  Here are my thoughts on some of the reactions.