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WRT 101 - Northwest - Writing I: Researching Nonprofits

Compare and Contrast/ Nonprofits

Use this resource page as you begin your research on nonprofit organizations.  

Identifying Nonprofits

Analyzing Nonprofits

Find a Nonprofit's Homepage

Google

Search Google to locate your nonprofit organization's homepage.
From the homepage, you can research organization history, programs, news, and contact information.

Google Web Search

Find News about a Nonprofit

Citing Form 990s

How to cite an IRS form in MLA format. --Kris Swank, Librarian, NW Campus"
 
Government. Department. Agency. "Document title." Web site title. Publisher/sponsor. Publication date. Medium. Date of Access.
 
Example:
United States. Department of Treasury. Internal Revenue Service. "2004 Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990): American Cancer Society." 990 Finder. Foundation Center, 2006. Web. 14 October 2010.

Practice Activity

Let's practice looking at three charities: Veteran Support Foundation, Ben's Bells, and the Susan G. Komen foundation.  Here are the websites for those organizations:

1. Veterans Support Foundation

2. Ben's Bells

3. Susan G. Komen foundation

Things you should look for:

  • Background information on each nonprofit
  • What is the history of the organization?  
  • What is its purpose? 
  • Is it local, national, or international?
  • How much money goes to charitable activities?
  • Can you verify any of this background?
  • What do others say about this organization?

Citation Tools

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