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Best free charity research websites

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Using free charity research websites can connect you to a goldmine of information.

  • They’ll help you track down individual charities and view their operations and finances.
  • You can then check charity missions, programs, spending, assets, liabilities, staff and board, and much more.

Here’s my list in alphabetical order, updated in August 2023.

CharityCheck101.org

  • All IRS-listed nonprofits
  • Check identity and tax status
  • Find EINs; Reverse Lookup
  • No registration required

CharityNavigator.org

  • Reports 195,000+ charities rated
  • Star ratings and reviews
  • All IRS-listed nonprofits
  • Optional registration gets you deeper access

CharityWatch.org

  • 640+ letter ratings and reviews
  • Investigative reports
  • Donate $75 (annual) and get deeper access

GuideStar.org (part of Candid)

  • All IRS-listed nonprofits
  • Data and copies of Form 990 and Form 990-PF filings
  • Optional registration gets you deeper access

IRS.gov Exempt Organizations

  • All IRS-listed nonprofits
  • Check identity and tax status
  • Data and copies of Form 990 and Form 990-PF filings
  • No registration required

ProPublica.org Explorer

  • All IRS-listed nonprofits
  • Data and copies of Form 990 and Form 990-PF filings
  • No registration required

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