Financial Series: Using Financial Statements Together with IRS Form 990 to Understand Your Potential Grantees - Webinar

Thursday, March 26, 2020 -
10:00am to 11:30am EDT
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This program will now be delivered via Zoom webinar. Please register to receive webinar information the day before the program.

This members-only program is a part of the Financial Series (Fundamentals to Financials) from our PNY Core:

* This session assumes basic knowledge of financial management and reporting. If you do not already have experience in the basic terminology of nonprofit financials, please register for and attend the Financial Series: Intro to Financial Statements before these sessions.

PNY Members: Log into your Philanthropy New York account to view the available recordings of the 2020 Financial Series.

Financial statements and an organization’s 990 each tell a story.  Using the two financial documents together can yield so much more information than the financial status of the organization.  Grantmakers who are well-versed in these documents can use them to answer questions about a grantee’s trajectory, its governance, its financial stability and even how it is strategically deploying its resources.  These documents can help a grantmaker tactically deploy resources where a nonprofit needs them the most and can guide a grantmaker into a deeper conversation with a grantee around current risks, future growth, or targeted investments to achieve impact. 

Intended Outcomes

Upon completing this session, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize which document to use when analyzing issues related to a grantee’s health
  • Demonstrate an ability to analyze an organization’s financial health through the 990 and financial statements, from beginning to end
  • Identify potential areas of investment that could strengthen a grantee or help to expand a program
  • Formulate follow-up questions for potential grantees around areas of risk


Designed for

Funders who have a basic working knowledge of both the 990 and financial statements and are interested in using these documents as grantmaking tools: program-officers, CEOs and other staff, as well as trustees, who have completed the earlier parts of the series.  It is also recommended for experienced grantmakers seeking a refresher in the basic financial tools of grantmaking.


8:45 -9:00 AM Check-in

9:00 -12:00 PM Program

Registration is required by March 25th

Members: To register yourself and/or a colleague at your organization, please log in and click the Register Now link above. (no fee)

Please note: To ensure fairness among our members, we reserve the right to limit the number of attendees per organization for select professional development programs.

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