Nonprofit Research

Welcome to the Chester Fritz Library guide on the topic of nonprofit organizations

Definition of Nonprofit Organization

A nonprofit organization (NPO) is:

  • Dedicated to furthering a particular social cause
  • An organization that uses its surplus of the revenues to further achieve its ultimate objective, rather than distributing its income to the organization's shareholders, leaders, or members.
  • Tax exempt, meaning they do not pay income tax on the money that they receive for their organization.
  • Tax exempt under 501(c)(3) requirements if it is either a religious, charitable, or educational based organization.
  • Accountable to the donors, funders, volunteers, program recipients, and the public community.

Nonprofit Research: Best First Steps

What entity might collect or produce information on your issue?  Research steps include:

1-  Review the demographics (statistics and data) of the Grand Forks region

2-  Learn about the agencies and resources for nonprofits in the Grand Forks region (including UND)

3-  Get more detail about the nonprofit you are researching

4-  Find funding, 990 tax forms, and budget information

5-  Use a guide to cite the information you've found

Funding Opportunities

Are you looking for funding opportunities?  Search the Foundation Directory Online

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