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More Resources for Charity Information

Use the following links to learn more about a particular charity, or find additional information on charitable giving.
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Newer Resources:

The Center for Public Integrity  Find out from where your favorite charities are receiving their grants. Use this grant search tool to easily search for grants between nonprofits, including grants received by political "dark money" groups.

US Treasury List of Terrorist Organizations  The United States Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control publishes a list of organizations that it deems involved in terrorism or narcotic trafficking.

Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) List of Hate Groups  Site and interactive map feature to identify active organizations that SPLC classifies as hate groups in the United States.


GuideStar, by Candid.
ProPublica Nonprofit Explorer
CA Attorney General
FL Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
IL Attorney General
MA Attorney General
NC Secretary of State
NM Attorney General
NY Attorney General
OK Secretary of State

Sites such as Candid (formerly the Foundation Center), GuideStar by Candid, the California Attorney General, Illinois Attorney General, Massachusetts Attorney General, North Carolina Secretary of State, New Mexico Attorney General, New York Attorney General, and the Oklahoma Secretary of State are excellent sources for finding charity tax filings, also known as the IRS Form 990. GuideStar, unlike the other sites listed, requires first-time users to register an e-mail address before providing access to charity information. GuideStar publishes only the three most recent tax filings for charities. The ProPublica Nonprofit Explorer posts recently updated 990s, as well as older 990s going back several years. The charitable databases of the California Attorney General, Illinois Attorney General, Massachusetts Attorney General, North Carolina Secretary of State, New Mexico Attorney General, and New York Attorney General may also contain audited financial statements for organizations soliciting in those states (many of which also solicit nationally).

It may be better to obtain a charity's financial documents from these sources, rather than directly from a charity. We have seen instances where charities post either incomplete or partial financial documents on their websites and these sources obtain much of their information from official government filings. Also, charities that file partial or false information with the government may be subject to fines or penalties.

Additional Resources:

Open990 provides unlimited page views of data from tax-exempt organizations' e-filings (Form 990, 990-EZ, and 990-PF) dating back several years. Information such as revenue, expenses, net assets, and compensation are presented in an easily readable format facilitating year-to-year comparison. No registration is required.

Search for Nonprofits That Have Reported a Diversion of Assets
The Washington Post has assembled a public, searchable database of nonprofits that have disclosed a "significant diversion" of assets since 2008. More than 1,000 nonprofits have reported a significant diversion of assets from 2008-2012 according to The Post's analysis. A diversion is considered significant if it is more than $250,000 or 5% of the organization's annual gross receipts or total assets. These diversions of assets, which nonprofits have been required to report on their annual IRS Form 990 filing since 2008, include losses related to theft, fraud, embezzlement, and other unauthorized uses of funds.

To find out if a charity is registered in a particular state, click on the state's name at NASCOnet. Some state government charity offices have registration and/or financial summary information available on-line. Remember that registration does not imply an endorsement by the state.

National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS)
Designed as a portal for nonprofit practitioners, researchers, and policymakers to download and explore data. Work on the site is organized into projects, within which users can find NCCS information, including summary tables for public charities and private foundations by state, type, age, and size, as well as lists of the largest organizations by subsector.

National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)
NCRP promotes accountability and responsiveness in the philantrophic field. NCRP's staff monitors philanthropic practices and identifies potential areas for reform that can make a positive, progressive difference for the nonprofit community.

Federal Trade Commission
The FTC cracks down on charity frauds. Also visit Operation: False Charity and Operation: Phony Philanthropy.

IRS Exempt Organizations
To see if donations to a charity are tax-deductible, go to the IRS site's Internal Revenue Services Exempt Organizations search tool.

The largest alliance of U.S. based international development and humanitarian nongovernmental organizations.

Online database of Wall Watchers, a watchdog organization, with profiles of and reports on christian faith-based charities and groups.

An accreditation agency comprising christian evangelical organizations which comply with standards for financial accountability, fundraising and governance.