Impressing your “suitors” with financial information
Abstract: A nonprofit’s financial information has the potential to create a great first impression. A major funder likely will request the organization’s most recent audit or financial statements, along with a copy of the most recently filed Form 990. This information is then plugged into three ratios: a program spending ratio, a fundraising efficiency ratio and a management expense ratio. This article explains the distinctions and considers other financial factors, as well. A sidebar notes that potential funders are often just as interested in the impact a nonprofit makes in the community.