Benchmarking Foundation Administrative Expenses: Update on How Operating Characteristics Affect Spending

Publication date: 
September, 2012

Questions about how much foundations spend on staff, overhead, and other administrative expenses - and how much is appropriate to spend - are a perennial focus of policy debates on foundation practices.  This report explores how variations in foundations' characteristics, activities, and giving levels influence charitable (program-related) administrative expense levels for a sample of the largest independent foundations between 2007 and 2009.



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