Business Track: Investigating charities and other nonprofits

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Holly Ivel of Candid; Todd Wallack of The Boston Globe
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 14 at 9:00am
  • Location: David Mitzner
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

There are roughly 2 million nonprofits across the country, including hospitals, universities, foundations, credit unions, labor unions, churches, and social service agencies. In this session, we will cover various documents and other resources reporters can use to navigate the world of nonprofits, including how to find, read, and use the annual 990 forms nonprofits file with the IRS. We will also highlight potential red flags to look for when scrutinizing charities. 

This session is sponsored by Bloomberg. IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Speaker Bios

  • Holly Ivel is the Sr. Director of Business Development and Data Services at Candid.  Holly also serves as an SME for reporters researching non-profits and is the author of the GuideStar Compensation Report. Prior to joining Candid she served for three years as Director of NPO/Donor Programs at Fidelity Charitable.  Holly holds an MBA from Duke University and has had an extensive career in IT, Data, and Program management in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. 

  • Todd Wallack is an investigative reporter and data journalist on the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team. He has won national awards for his work on public records and been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize four times as part of small teams, including in 2018 for a series examining Boston's reputation for racism. Wallack was selected as a Nieman fellow for 2019-2020. @twallack

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