Transparency builds trust and inspires others to support your cause or issue.
Illinois Partners and our coalition partners believe in nonprofit openness and transparency.
In the past four years, there have been substantial changes that have made key information about nonprofits easily accessible through the internet. Form 990 is the annual reporting document that tax-exempt nonprofits must file stating the organization’s mission, staff, programs, and finances.
The following are online resources where you access nonprofit Form 990s and learn how to analyze them:
GUIDESTAR.org: Website dedicated to nonprofit openness and transparency that has over 5 million Form 990s available for viewing and downloading, as well as resources on how to read Form 990s.
Guidestar Search Steps: A document, prepared by Illinois Partners for Human Service, with steps on how to search Guidestar.
IRS: Summary of IRS reporting requirements on nonprofits and what an organization has to do to file a Form 990.
Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York: Great documents on how to read a 990 and find out what information it contains and means.
Charity Navigator: Provides ratings on organizations based on fiscal health and transparency to donors.
National Council of Nonprofits: Information on how nonprofits can foster a culture of accountability, transparency, and openness.