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Financial Information for Non-Profit Companies
When looking at financials you are seeing how potential donors are seeing an organization. You can also compare your organization's finances to others, either by looking up their tax documents or by comparing to national averages.
- Start with the organization's website as some may post an annual report.
- Look for the Form 990 or Form 990N.
ProPublica Nonprofit Explorer
Summaries of 2.2 million tax returns from tax-exempt organizations.
Collects "information about every single IRS-registered nonprofit organization." Using Guidestar without logging in will return very little information. Free registration will give you access to basic descriptive, contact, and financial data.
Search for organizations that report less than $50,000 earnings per year.
Evaluates "the Financial Health and Accountability and Transparency of 6,000 of America's largest charities." Organization reports include contact and personnel information, financial and tax information, ratings, and news. The site also includes "Hot Topics" and special reports. Historical scores for rated organizations and basic information for unrated organizations are available with free registration.
Financial Documents for Non-profits
Because of their status as non-profits, organizations are required to submit Form 990 or Form 990 EZ with the government, unless they make less than $50,000 per year, in which case they file a Form 990-N. Non-profits must make the last three years of this form publicly available. Form 990 includes information about an organization's mission, programs, and finances.
Audited financial statements
While not necessarily required, nonprofit organizations are strongly encouraged to make their audited financial statements publicly available through their website.
Financials for for-profit companies