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Form 990 Assignment Instructions

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You will locate a Form 990, review the form, and answer a set of questions about the form. The answers to the questions will be submitted as a memorandum in current Bluebook format. The memorandum does not have a set length; rather, it will be evaluated as to whether a Form 990 has been located and the questions answered. College-level writing—including correct use of English grammar and proper and current Bluebook format—is required.

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Form 990 Assignment Guidelines:

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You      will select a nonprofit organization for which you would like to review      the Form 990.

You      will retrieve the Form 990 for your selected organization, review it      carefully, and answer the questions provided in the memorandum.

Several      Internet sources have Form 990s and other information available for free,      including

http://foundationcenter.org/findfunders/990finder/

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Memorandum Criteria:

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Draft      a memorandum answering the following questions:

What       is the name of the entity that you selected? Does it operate under any       other names?

Who       is the principal officer?

What       are its gross receipts?

What       is the mission or most significant activities of the entity?

How       many voting members of the governing body does the entity have? How many volunteers?

What       were/are the contributions for the past year and the current year? What       were/are the total revenue figures for the prior year and the current       year?

What       are the names of the 5 highest-paid employees of the entity?

What       are the names of the 5 highest-paid independent contractors of the       entity?

Did       the entity engage in any political campaign or lobbying activities?

What       else did you find intriguing, surprising, disappointing, or otherwise       interesting in any way about the Form 990? Did you learn anything about       the entity or nonprofits in general that you did not expect?

PLST 380
FORM 990 ASSIGNMENT INSTRUCTIONS
You will locate a Form 990, review the form, and answer a set of questions about the
form. The answers to the questions will be submitted as a memorandum in current
Bluebook format. The memorandum does not have a set length; rather, it will be
evaluated as to whether a Form 990 has been located and the questions answered.
College-level writing—including correct use of English grammar and proper and current
Bluebook format—is required.
Form 990 Assignment Guidelines:
• You will select a nonprofit organization for which you would like to review the
Form 990.
• You will retrieve the Form 990 for your selected organization, review it carefully,
and answer the questions provided in the memorandum.
• Several Internet sources have Form 990s and other information available for free,
including http://foundationcenter.org/findfunders/990finder/.
Memorandum Criteria:
• Draft a memorandum answering the following questions:
o What is the name of the entity that you selected? Does it operate under any
other names?
o Who is the principal officer?
o What are its gross receipts?
o What is the mission or most significant activities of the entity?
o How many voting members of the governing body does the entity have?
How many volunteers?
o What were/are the contributions for the past year and the current year?
What were/are the total revenue figures for the prior year and the current
year?
o What are the names of the 5 highest-paid employees of the entity?
o What are the names of the 5 highest-paid independent contractors of the
entity?
o Did the entity engage in any political campaign or lobbying activities?
o What else did you find intriguing, surprising, disappointing, or otherwise
interesting in any way about the Form 990? Did you learn anything about
the entity or nonprofits in general that you did not expect?
• Your memorandum must be in current Bluebook format.
Submit this assignment by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of Module/Week 7.
PLST 380
FORM 990 ASSIGNMENT GRADING RUBRIC
Criteria
Content 70%
Writing
Content
Levels of Achievement
Advanced
18 to 20 points
Truly exceeds minimum
expectations for the assignment
in all ways. Need for
improvement of assignment is
not evident in any way. Writing
is highly academic and more
than appropriate for 300-level
course. Excellent word
selection, organization, flow of
thoughts and transition(s). All
information provide is
extremely clear and easily
understandable, communicating
well with reader.
Proficient
14 to 17 points
Satisfies minimum expectations
for the assignment without
additional positive elements.
Writing level appears
acceptable for 300-level course.
Appropriate word selection,
organization, flow of thought,
transition(s) etc. Mostly clear
and understandable,
communicating well with
reader.
45 to 50 points
35 to 44 points
Truly exceeds minimum
expectations for the assignment
in all ways. Need for
improvement of assignment is
not evident in any way. The
student adequately selected a
nonprofit organization and
retrieved the Form 990 for his
or her selected organization.
Satisfies minimum expectations
for the assignment without
additional positive elements.
The student selected a nonprofit
organization and retrieved the
Form 990 for his or her selected
organization.
The student drafted a
memorandum which answered
all required questions but may
The student correctly drafted a
memorandum which thoroughly not have been as thorough as it
answered all required questions. could have been. The student
The student elaborated on what may not have elaborated as
he or she found to be intriguing, much as he/she could have on
Developing
1 to 13 points
The student does not satisfy
minimum expectations for
the assignment or
significantly falls short of
minimum expectations.
Writing level does not
appear to be acceptable for
300-level course.
Inappropriate word
selection, organization, flow
of thought, transition(s),
grammar, punctuation,
spelling, etc. Mostly clear
and understandable,
communicating well with
reader.
1 to 34 points
The student does not satisfy
minimum expectations for
the assignment or
significantly falls short of
minimum expectations.
The student didn’t select a
nonprofit organization
and/or did not retrieved the
Form 990 for his or her
selected organization.
The student either
incorrectly drafted a
memorandum or which
answered little to no
Not
present
0 points
Not
present
0 points
Not
present
Points
Earned
PLST 380
Structure 30%
Format and
Style
surprising, disappointing, or
otherwise interesting about the
Form 990.
what he or she found to be
intriguing, surprising,
disappointing, or otherwise
interesting about the Form 990.
Advanced
27 to 30 points
Truly exceeds minimum
expectations for the assignment
in all ways. Need for
improvement of assignment is
not evident in any way. Overall
appearance and style of the
submission is excellent.
Conformity with current
Bluebook to the extent is
extremely accurate.
Proficient
21 to 26 points
Satisfies minimum expectations
for the assignment without
additional positive elements.
Overall appearance and style of
the submission is average.
Conformity with current
Bluebook to the extent
appropriate is mostly consistent.
Instructor’s Comments:
required questions or those
answered may not have
thorough. The student did
not elaborate on what he or
she found to be intriguing,
surprising, disappointing, or
otherwise interesting about
the Form 990.
Not
Developing
present
1 to 20 points
0 points
The student does not satisfy
Not
minimum expectations for
present
the assignment or
significantly falls short of
minimum expectations.
Overall appearance and
style of the submission is
lacking. Conformity with
current Bluebook to the
extent appropriate is not
shown.
Total Points
Points
Earned
/100

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