These 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.
Top Seven Free Charity Research Websites
Here are my top seven sites, with a brief description of the focus of each. Updated November 18, 2021.
|Site URL / Link||Coverage||Focus||User Registration|
|A||CharityCheck101.org||1.8 million+ nonprofits||Check identity and tax status; find EINs; Reverse Lookup||None required|
|B||CharityNavigator.org||8,900+ star ratings; 1.8 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||1.8 million+ nonprofits||Donor, volunteer and user reviews||Optional registration allows you to post reviews|
|E||Guidestar.org||1.8 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||1.8 million+ nonprofits||Check identity and tax status||None required|
|G||ProPublica.org Nonprofit Explorer||1.8 million+ nonprofits||Data and copies of Form 990 and Form 990-PF filings||None required|