Resources for Donors
We’ve rounded up a bunch of our favorite resources. Consider bookmarking this page for your reference and convenience when you’re doing charity-related research.
Nonprofit and Charity Research
- Do your CharityCheck to identify the organization and find its tax status and EIN (employer identification number).
- Dig further with the top seven free charity research websites to find out more about an organization’s mission, operations and finances.
- The EIN is the gateway to information about a nonprofit, with the organization’s IRS Form 990 being the first place to look. Find a Charity IRS Form 990 super-fast and free
- Smart and Easy Ways to Leave Gifts to Charity – gifts to charity don’t have to be complicated, they can be smart and easy . . .
- Five Habits of Savvy Donors – helping you identify and support strong charities doing solid work, and avoid the wasters and fakers.
IRS Rules and Requirements
These donor resources can help you learn about the IRS rules and requirements related to charitable giving.
- Exempt Organizations Select Check (formerly Publication 78)
- Publication 526 — Charitable Contributions
- Publication 557 — Tax Exempt Status for Your Organization
- Publication 1771 — Charitable Contribution Substantiation and Disclosure Requirements
Consumer Protection Help
These government donor resources can help you with consumer protection matters.
- Federal Trade Commission — Donating to Charity advice and tips
- Directory of State consumer protection agencies dealing with charity issues
- California Registry of Charitable Trusts
Books on Philanthropy or Charity
- Inspired Philanthropy, by Tracy Gary — Our review plus Amazon.com (Smile) link
- Leap of Reason, by Mario Morino
- Stop Acting Rich … and Start Living Like a Real Millionaire, by Thomas J. Stanley
- Toxic Charity – How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help, by Robert D. Lupton
- Start Something That Matters, by Blake Mycoskie
- Social Entrepreneurship – What Everyone Needs to Know, by David Bornstein and Susan Davis