How to find, read and use 990s

  • Event: 2018 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Brad Racino of inewsource; Katie Rusnock Coughlin of Charity Navigator
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 14 at 3:45pm
  • Location: Crystal AB
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

There are more than 1.5 million nonprofits spread across the U.S., including public charities, private foundations and other types such as chambers of commerce. These organizations are involved in a variety of industries including education, government, the environment, health and any other topic a typical reporter may cover in their day-to-day beat. Most nonprofits are required to file detailed statements — called 990s — that publicly disclose a large amount of information about the organization. 

This session is designed to provide both novice and expert reporters with tips, strategies and context for navigating the world of nonprofits. 

Panelists will:

*Give an overview of how nonprofits work and are held accountable across the country

*Explain how to find, read and use 990s

*Highlight potential red flags within the paperwork

*Discuss updates in the nonprofit industry over the past year, including new government initiatives and transparency tools for reporters

Speaker Bios

  • Brad Racino is a senior reporter, assistant director and director of partnerships & innovation at inewsource. He produces investigations for print, radio and TV on topics including political corruption, transportation, health, maritime, education and nonprofits. His reporting has earned more than 50 awards including two IRE medals and a national Emmy nomination. In 2017, he was selected by INN as one of 10 Emerging Leaders in U.S. nonprofit journalism. @bradracino

  • Katie is responsible for managing Charity Navigator's Advisory System, which serves as a means for communicating alleged and confirmed wrongdoing at charitable organizations to donors. Previously Katie was a member of Charity Navigator's analyst team and was responsible for the evaluation of the performance of America's largest charities. Prior to joining Charity Navigator, Katie graduated from Wagner College with a B.A. in International Affairs and a minor in Journalism

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