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True Program Costs: Program Budget and Allocation Template and Resource

Publication Date: 
December, 2014
Nonprofits Assistance Fund

The guide and accompanying spreadsheet template break down the process of understanding true program costs, either through budgeting or financial reports, into several stages. The overview of the process will help with defining the programs, identifying direct costs, allocating shared costs, and calculating and allocating administrative and fundraising costs. Because a reliable and practical allocation system is a cornerstone to clarifying program costs, the guide includes a glossary and guidance to choose which allocation methods to use for which expenses— and then the budgeting spreadsheet does the math!