It may be tempting for nonprofit organizations to skip the background checks for financial reasons and go straight to social media and Google, but there are just as many reasons not to rely on these sources. To start, some important things just won’t show up. A Facebook profile is only information that the user wants us to see. A theft record, for instance, is not going to be shared on social media. Secondly, the information provided on social media sources can’t always be taken at face value. Can you really be sure the person you are screening on social media is the applicant you are searching for? Discrimination can be a serious issue when it comes to using social media as a screening tool. Employers should rely on criminal record searches and sex offender registry searches for more reliable information.