In order to complete this assignment you will need to examine the organizations’ 990s which are available on Guidestar (www.guidestar.org (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.) Search for the org, then use the “Preview Report” link on the far right (where the bar chart graphic appears) to access 990 reports. Alternatively, you can look for them on the Foundation Center’s 990 finder here: http://foundationcenter.org/find-funding/990-finde… (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (Link (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.)
The premise: Your group has been hired by a Foundation focused on animal welfare to determine which nonprofit should receive a grant. The Foundation has already determined from the narrative that three nonprofits are the top contenders for the funds. Your group is to analyze the financials submitted by the nonprofits and determine which nonprofit receives the funds. The Foundation focuses on grants to organizations that provide for animal welfare and plans to distribute $150,000 this year. Your group is to recommend how much, if any, the money is to be given to the three nonprofits. You can give it all to one nonprofit, or divide it up any way your group decides. The goal is to reach a consensus on how to distribute the funds. Each group must provide reasons for their decision. Once the decisions have been made and posted on the discussion board, each person is to comment as an individual on the decisions made by the other group.
The three nonprofits are: Harvest Hills Animal Shelter, Fryeburg Maine; Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (aka PAWS or PhillyPAWS), Philadelphia, PA and Voorhees Animal Orphanage, Voorhees NJ.
Below are some responses already from my classmates.