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Over the past several years substantial changes have made key information about nonprofits easily accessible through the internet. IRS Form 990 is the annual reporting document that tax-exempt nonprofits must file, which provides the public with information about the organization’s mission, staff, programs and finances.
Access and analyze Form 990 through the following resources:
GuideStar.org: This website, dedicated to nonprofit openness and transparency, has more than 5 million Form 990s available for viewing and downloading and offers resources on how to read them.
GuideStar Search Steps: We developed a helpful guide with tips on how to search the GuideStar website.
IRS: Summary of IRS nonprofit reporting requirements and how to file Form 990.
Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York: Great documents on how to read and understand Form 990.
Charity Navigator: Provides ratings on organizations to donors based on fiscal health and transparency.
National Council of Nonprofits: Information on how nonprofits can foster a culture of accountability, transparency and openness.