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Making the Most of Your 990

Sara Wilson, CPCC |


What is your most public document? No, it’s not your annual report or program brochure. Form 990 is the document most likely to be accessed through GuideStar by reporters, donors, job seekers, and the public.

Many organizations make the mistake of leaving the first part blank, but Part 1: Mission and Significant Activities is an invitation for you to promote your programs and successes, while Schedule O offers another opportunity for your nonprofit to demonstrate transparency, ethics, and good governance.

The Nonprofit Quarterly has generously provided an online recording of their recent presentation, Making the Most of Your 990 Return: A Red Flag Guide for Nonprofits, presented by Chuck McLean, Vice President of Research at Guidestar, where you can download the informative slides.

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