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 . . .
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