Reporting on non-profits with Form 990

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IRS Form 990

John Wihbey writes that "journalists should scrutinize nonprofit activities just as they would for a government agency or corporate-run institution. There has long been criticism that news media are not aggressive enough in covering nonprofits." How to accomplish that? Wihbey points to archives of IRS Form 990, the public return that most non-profits file, at ProPublica, the Foundation Center, and Guidestar, as well as guides for analyzing its contents from IRE and SPJ.