Top Seven Charity Research Websites

ResearcherThese 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.

Find a nonprofit’s IRS Form 990 super fast and free. 

Here are my top seven sites, with a brief description of the focus of each. Updated November 18, 2021.

Free Charity Research Websites  
  Site URL / Link Coverage Focus User Registration
A CharityCheck101.org 1.7 million+ nonprofits Check identity and tax status; find EINs; Reverse Lookup None required
B CharityNavigator.org 8,900+ star ratings; 1.7 million+ nonprofits Reviews and star ratings; Data Optional registration gets you deeper access
C CharityWatch.org 600+ letter ratings Reviews and letter ratings; investigative reports None required; Donate $50 and get expanded reports
D GreatNonprofits.org 1.7 million+ nonprofits Donor, volunteer and user reviews Optional registration allows you to post reviews
E Guidestar.org 1.7 million+ nonprofits Data and copies of Form 990 and Form 990-PF filings Optional registration gets you deeper access
F IRS.gov Exempt Organization Search 1.7 million+ nonprofits Check identity and tax status None required
G ProPublica.org Nonprofit Explorer 1.7 million+ nonprofits Data and copies of Form 990 and Form 990-PF filings None required