Understanding the 990PF

Using US Foundation tax forms for donor research

Do you love tax forms? I think I can predict your answer – because who does? Usually, tax forms are intimidating and boring, so why would you read them when they are not even the ones you have to file for yourself or your organization? Well, let us explain to you why you should.

A great thing about the tax system in the US is that it is very transparent. Foundations and NGOs have to publicly file their tax documents, which gives you access to a treasure trove of information. These tax forms are called 990s and being able to read and understand them will be a total game changer for you.

When you look at these forms for the first time, however, you might be overwhelmed. They are filled with numbers, and endless columns with cryptic information, and are often hundreds of pages long. So, where do you start?

In this free course, Erik will share with you how you can easily access the information you need to understand a potential donor and how you can use that intelligence strategically in your donor research.

In this course you will learn:

  • What is a 990PF?
  • How can you access a 990PF?
  • Which information can you find in it?
  • How can you quickly search it?
  • How does this information help you with your donor research?

What are you waiting for? Sign up for free and learn how to use the hidden information in US tax forms for your advantage and get one step ahead of the competition to win your next grant.

We are looking forward to working with you!


Your Instructor


Erik Detiger
Erik Detiger

Hello! My name is Erik Detiger and I am a professional with over two decades of experience working in the field of international philanthropy and fundraising. As a highly successful international project manager and fundraising professional, I have raised over US$200 million for numerous international projects from a wide variety of government agencies, foundations, and institutions. I am the founder of Philantropia - an independent consultancy based in New York specialized in international fundraising and philanthropy and am excited to share my knowledge with you on this platform.


Course Curriculum


  Understanding US Foundation PF990 For Donor Research
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