Top Seven Charity Research Websites

ResearcherThe 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
C CharityWatch.org 600+
reviews
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.