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Answered By: Reference Staff Last Updated: Feb 14, 2017 Views: 44
The first step to research a charity is to go to the organization's website. In most cases, their website should provide: the mission, vision, and values, and will often include information about the executives, board (and board size), and other leaders of the organization.
Sometimes, not always, you may find financial and key employment statistics in the form of an annual report. Look in all tabs and areas at the top and the bottom of an organizations's website!
(Adapted from: Rasmussen College Library)
Additional websites beyond the organizations:
- Provides information such as the organization’s 990 form, annual reports, and balance sheets.
- Sign up with a free membership.
- Check out the company’s 990 form for information about the number of employees and volunteers, total revenue, total assets and expenses, and much more!
- Search for charities and non-profit organizations as well.
- Foundation Center:
- Locate 990 forms through the sites's 990 Finder
- National Center for Charitable Statistics
- (NCCS) Search for information on public charities, foundations and more.
- Tax Information for Charities and Non-Profits
- From the IRS.gov website
- Search for charities
Walker Library databases can often provide articles about the charitable organization you're researching including newspaper, magazine, and journal articles.
More Info / Source(s)
- Evaluating Charities & Organizations (Univ. of Richmond)
- Charity Investigation Research Guide (Georgia State Univ.)
- Links to databases, books, and websites
- Charity Listing & Vetting Sites (Parkland College)
- Info on checking out, vetting and evaluating charities
- Industry Guide: Non-profits and Charities (The Univ. of Chicago)
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