Looking for a Nonprofit?

Posted on Wednesday, July 30, 2014

As a donor, volunteer, nonprofit employee or just a community member, you may want to find out more about a certain nonprofit.  Reviewing Form 990, a nonprofit’s annual information return filed with the IRS, is one of the best ways to get information on a nonprofit.  Form 990 is open to public inspection, which means anyone can get access to a nonprofit organization’s return (excluding parts of Schedule B).  In order to comply with this requirement, most nonprofit organizations post their 990 on their website.  Following are other sources for Form 990 and other information:

GuideStar (www.guidestar.org)

GuideStar gathers information about every IRS registered nonprofit organization.  Information is provided about the organization’s mission, finances, programs, etc.  By signing up for a free account, you can access the last 3 years’ Form 990 for any IRS registered nonprofit organization.

National Center for Charitable Statistics (nccs.urban.org)

The National Center for Charitable Statistics is a national clearinghouse of data on the nonprofit sector in the United States.  This website allows you to search by an organization’s name, location, National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) code or revenue size.  Form 990 is also available for the past ten years.  No registration is needed.

IRS (www.irs.gov) 

The IRS’s website also provides some information about nonprofit organizations.  The Exempt Organizations Business Master File Extract (EOB MF) lists exempt organizations by state.  Information contained in this database includes the organization’s EIN, name, in care of name, address, group exemption number, subsection code, ruling date, deductibility code, filing requirement code, tax period and other important data.  The actual Form 990 is not available at the IRS website, but this additional information can be very beneficial.

Better Business Bureau (www.bbb.org)

The BBB Wise Giving Alliance Standards for Charity Accountability promote ethical conduct by charitable organizations.  These standards apply to 501(c)(3) organizations and other organizations conducting charitable solicitations and cover governance and oversight, measuring effectiveness, finances, and fund raising and informational materials.  Charities that meet all twenty standards can display the BBB Accredited Charity Seal on their website and marketing materials.  You can visit the BBB’s website to find out what the specific standards are that an accredited organization must meet.

Whether you want to find information on a nonprofit you may be interested in donating to, volunteering with or just local nonprofit you find interesting, there is a lot of information available on the internet. 

Posted by: Carrie Minnich, CPA

Posted in Mission Minded Nonprofits

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