An annual report is a document used to disclose corporation information to shareholders—a state-of-the-company report. All U.S. companies that issue publicly traded stock are required to file an annual report with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The document that is filed with the SEC is the Form 10-K.

Many nonprofit organizations, foundations, and charities produce annual reports to assess their performance. Nonprofit annual reports include the following sections (Figures 7–11):

image Letter from the chairman of the board

A description of the charity, its causes, actions, and accomplishments for the year

The financial ...

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