Is Your IRS Form 990 Telling the Right Story?

And what can you Do About It?

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018 at 2:00 pm EDT 

A workshop for nonprofit staff and trustees who fill out the IRS forms 990 or approve them, as well as for donors and journalists. 

NPQ’s editor in chief Ruth McCambridge will interview author, speaker, and former NPQ consulting editor Michael Wyland, exploring in detail how donors and media folk look at the IRS Form 990. These forms reveal a treasure trove of information that raises all types of questions in a skilled reader, and they are increasingly being used as basic information sources by foundation and individual donors and by journalists and watchdogs. Do you know what your 990 says about you?

This hour-long session will explore, through a variety of real-life examples, what concerns are raised through the ways you answer questions on the form. These concerns may not be just about financial status but about governance, potential conflicts of interest, and other issues that could be problematic. We will also go over when you should consider publishing clarifying information.

Participants will take away from this session:

  • A better understanding of the implications of all of the areas of questions on the form
  • An understanding of the ways that journalistic inquiries progress through looking at an individual nonprofit’s form 990
  • Clarification on the ways that you might use your form 990 to improve your organizational practices
  • A better understanding of how donors might view your answers and what to do to make necessary clarifications

You can send your questions to to have them answered during the web event.