There is a lot of pressure for nonprofit organizations to run on a shoestring. Most government funding limits the amount that can be used for “overhead” and many donors specify that their contributions to an organization be used to help people, not pay people (staff). Time and time again I’ve heard donors brag about how their contribution went for direct service and not administration. I certainly agree with not wasting charitable or tax dollars, but ironically aren’t we essentially doing just that when we send the message that we prefer to have the agency scrimp on things like planning, strategy, accounting, supervision, fundraising, and quality staffing (aka overhead)? Aren’t we telling the agency that we prefer the inefficient, incandescent agency over the highly efficient and impactful LED model?