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NonProfit Resources on the Internet

Charity Navigator
A source of information about nonprofits. The site bills itself as “your guide to intelligent giving”. Nonprofits are rated and detailed information about each is given.

Chronicle of Philanthropy
Browse or search articles about charitable giving from recent issues of the Chronicle of Philanthropy.
Includes a database of grant listings from the past 2 years: provides the grant maker, recipient, and the amount of each grant.

The Foundation Center
This site has a Foundation Finder that is searchable by foundation name. You may also search for and view a foundation’s IRS 990-PFs. Other useful features are common grant applications, prospect worksheets and a proposal writing short course.

Search for charities and nonprofits throughout the U.S.   Guidestar provides brief descriptions and basic financial information for over 650,000 organizations plus electronic access to IRS Form 990 for many organizations (detailing revenues, expenses, and executive salaries). Form 990’s are also available at the National Center for Charitable Statistics
NOTE: Financials are sometimes out of date: check the Nonprofit Locator below for more current asset and income figures.

The Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership
A resource center of information for starting, running and funding an organization.

National Center for Charitable Statistics
The national clearinghouse of data on the nonprofit sector in the United States. NCCS is a program of the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy (CNP) at the Urban Institute.

Nonprofit Locator/Internet Non-Profit Center
Searches IRS files for basic information on over 1 million nonprofit organizations. To download this data by state or city, go directly to the IRS’ website at