What is the Form 990? 

Form 990 is an annual reporting return that certain federally tax-exempt organizations must file with the IRS. It provides information on the filing organization’s mission, programs, and finances.


Where on the Internet may I find the Form 990?


Shear Fear
Dealings with the Internal Revenue Service can be as terrifying as the flying monkeys carrying Dorothy to Emerald City. Take heart, you need only a dash of courage because like Dorothy, you are in charge.

How do I find 990s on GuideStar?
1. Enter a nonprofit’s name in the search field on GuideStar’s Web site at http://www.guidestar.org.
2. Hit the “Search” button.
3. On the search results page, click on the name of the nonprofit you are searching for.
4. In the organization’s nonprofit report, click the “Forms 990 & Docs” tab.
5. Click on the link for the Form 990 that you want to view.


Filing Schedule
The Form 990, like your income tax return, should be filed each year. Keeping your records current is an important aspect of good management. Make a habit of updating your Form 990 when you submit your tax return. Annual tweaks will keep your Form 990 in “over the rainbow” condition.

Public Image or Public Record?
Many potential funders will review your Form 990 as part of the evaluation process. However, even the Scarecrow knows that the reader can be influenced by a persuasive and inspiring description. By registering with Guidestar you can review your Form 990 and make all the necessary edits and changes.

I hope the Yellow Brick Road lead you to success!!!

The Wizard of Oz

Good luck and best wishes, Kathi

Believe in possibility and in yourself.