Returns Functions and Funding Gaps

byMaxdalton 2y23rd May 201710 comments


As organisations receive more funding, the value of extra funding changes. This is relevant for donation decisions. People have used various concepts to discuss this feature:

  • Room for more funding
  • Funding gaps
  • Diminishing (marginal) returns 

In this pair of posts I discuss what people might mean by these different terms:

  1. Defining returns functions and funding gaps sharpens up the definitions of these terms.
  2. Selecting the appropriate model for marginal returns analyses the strengths and weaknesses of different models

The second post is co-authored with Owen Cotton-Barratt. He provided many of the ideas in the posts.