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Researching Nonprofit Organizations

Below are some questions to consider when researching a nonprofit organization. You will find detailed responses to these questions in the organization’s Nonprofit Central profile.

Overview

  • What is the history of this organization?
  • Where does this organization work and how is it having an impact on the community?
  • What support does this organization need in order to more effectively deliver on its mission?

Programs

  • What programs and/or services is this organization providing?
  • What kind of impact are these programs having? How is success measured?

Management

  • Is the staff of this organization reflective of the communities it serves?
  • Are the necessary business practices in place for this organization to plan for the future and operate in a responsible and effective manner?
  • Is this organization working in partnership with others to deliver on its mission?

Governance

  • How active and engaged is this organization’s board?
  • Is the composition of the board reflective of the population that the organization serves?
  • Are appropriate practices in place to support responsible and effective governance?

Financials

  • Is the organization solvent?
  • Does the organization rely on a single or small group of funders and donors or does it have diversified sources of revenue?
  • Does the organization have a line of credit or an endowment?
  • Please note: the Notes Section within the Financial Tab provides additional information that may not be immediately evident in the charts and graphs provided