Making the Most of Your 990: A Red Flag Guide for Nonprofits

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Many nonprofits mistakenly think that their Form 990 return is less important than the audit. The board may give it a cursory look before signing off on it, but few look carefully at areas that might be seen as red flags to the IRS—never mind reporters and donors. As the IRS lets you know, your 990 is your most public-facing document, the one on which many will judge your organization. What are the most common red flags for reporters and regulators? What can you do to clarify your finances to donors in the place where they’re most likely to access your information?

Among the things to be addressed in this educational webinar:

  • What are the most common red flags for reporters and regulators?
  • What can you do to clarify your finances to donors on GuideStar, where they are most likely to access your information?

Chuck McLean is Senior Research Fellow at GuideStar USA, a 501(c)(3) public charity that produces the GuideStar website. He has been with the organization since its founding in 1994. Prior to joining GuideStar, Mr. McLean was an instructor in business statistics and decision sciences in Old Dominion University’s College of Business and Public Administration, and Senior Statistical Analyst for the Office of Planning, Budget and Institutional Research at the College of William and Mary. Mr. McLean graduated from Christopher Newport University and earned a Masters degree in Mathematics at the College of William and Mary.