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