Seeing your way through transparency
Abstract: Since the IRS revised Form 990 several years ago to require the disclosure of a gamut of information, transparency has taken center stage with not-for-profits. But how does an organization reveal its inner workings without inviting misunderstanding or drawing criticism? This article explains the importance of offering transparency in an era of public skepticism. It discusses what a nonprofit should post on its website, and, beyond that, what to put in its Form 990 — including explanations of data that could raise questions.