The free charity research websites provide a wealth of information.
- They’ll help you track down individual charities and view their operations and finances.
- You can check charity missions, programs, spending, assets, liabilities, staff and board, and much more.
Tip: Using a nonprofit’s EIN (employer identification number) is the fastest, most accurate way to do nonprofit and charity research. More about EINs.
Here are my top seven sites, with a brief description of the focus of each. Updated March 1, 2019.
|Free Charity Research Websites|
|Site URL / Link||Coverage||Focus||User Registration|
|A||CharityCheck101.org||1.6 million+ nonprofits||Check identity and tax status; find EINs; Reverse Lookup||None required|
|B||CharityNavigator.org||8,300+ reviews; 1.6 million+ nonprofits||Reviews and ratings||Optional registration gets you deeper access|
|Reviews and ratings; investigative reports||None required; Donate $50 and get expanded reports|
|D||Foundation Center 990 Finder||1.6 million+ nonprofits||Copies of Form 990 and Form 990-PF filings||None required|
|E||GreatNonprofits.org||1.6 million+ nonprofits||Donor, volunteer and user reviews||Optional registration allows you to post reviews|
|F||Guidestar.org||1.6 million+ nonprofits||Data and copies of Form 990 and Form 990-PF filings||Optional registration gets you deeper access|
|G||IRS.gov Exempt Organizations Select-Check||1.6 million+ nonprofits||Check identity and tax status||None required|
In 2019 I added the Foundation Center 990 Finder to the list and removed the National Center for Charitable Statistics.