We’ve written about nonprofits’ accountability in the past, mainly with our coverage of Angel Food Ministries and questions surrounding how it was spending its money.
Our latest effort, by John Hilton, grew from the controversy surrounding a video that urged an all-out effort to catch Joseph Kony of the Lord’s Resistance Army in central Africa. The nonprofit behind the video, Invisible Children, faced accountability questions after the video went viral across the world.
An interesting thing about it, though, is that when Hilton took a look at the 990 tax forms of York County’s top nonprofits, he wasn’t looking for a specific storyline — he was looking to see what the forms would tell him.
In the course of his reporting, a state watchdog group told him that it was planning a seminar in York County to help nonprofits report correctly how much money they spent on fundraising — because, within the industry, incorrect reporting was a problem.
That led Hilton down the path of the story linked to above, which we hope is an accountability story that helps people understand more about nonprofit finances and what to look for when deciding which charity to support.