Research Report Public Trust in the Public Face of Charities
Mark A. Hager
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Public charities file Form 990 with the IRS each year, and the Form is the only public disclosure required of charities by government. Consequently, donors and regulators rely on the form when making assessments of these organizations. This essay suggests that questionable quality of reporting by charities on Form 990 constitutes a crisis of trust between charities and the people who rely on their financial reports when making giving decisions.
Research Areas Nonprofits and philanthropy
Tags Nonprofit data and statistics
Policy Centers Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy