990 forms are now the most commonly used data source about nonprofits, according to the Urban Institute, but they are a poor choice for this task. The forms were not designed for broad public consumption, but to help regulators ensure that organizations remain true to their charitable purposes. Still, when your foundation prepares its next 990-PF or 990, there are many steps you can take to enhance the form’s communications value.
Making Connections was the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s signature place-based, community-change initiative of the 2000s. It sought to build on previous work and launch an effort focused firmly on the framework of family strengthening.