Select one of those nonprofit corporations, and locate its website. If it is not posted on the website, you will also want to locate the corporations IRS Form 990 and the annual report (these are available from Guidestar.com, the corporation itself, and on microfilm from any Foundation Center Library Collection—in Minnesota, there is one at the Hennepin County Library, Blue Earth County Library, Rochester Public Library, and Southwest State University’s Library). Find out:
Who established the corporation (it might have been a group of people, or a single donor) and who is involved in it now.
When the corporation was established
Where the corporation is located, and whether it has moved over its lifetime
Why was the corporation established, and how has that changed over time
How is the corporation governed and staffed
What does the corporation do? What programs does it operate? What is its operating budget? Capital budget? What properties does it own?
Write up your findings (minimum 250 words, no maximum) and
post them to the class using the
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