The debate about funding the operational expenses of charities can be seen from another angle, when donors want to fund only a single portion of a budget, not salaries.
"If every funder only pays for a specific program or a specific line item, an organization becomes fragmented and unstable. Without general operating support, an organization doesn’t have the money for staffing, rent, technology, training, or even the phone bill. And, without a strong infrastructure, programs that improve our communities can’t happen."--Jennifer Teunon, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy