Charitable Organizations

Charitable Organizations Links

Stephanie Murphy of Nixon Peabody LLP has compiled this set of links to resources about charitable organizations in December 2004. Stephanie thanks the staff of Nixon Peabody’s New York City library for their input.

Philanthropic Research Inc.

Philanthropic Research Inc., through the Guidestar Web site, offers profiles over 600,000 charities and posts tax returns (Form 990s) for most of them. These profiles include the names and purpose of the organizations, their financial reports, biographical information of their board of directors, compensation information, etc. You can register on the website and obtain access to the information.

Publication 78, Cumulative List of Organizations,,id=96136,00.html

Charitable organizations such as non-profits, religious or educational organizations or foundations are required to report certain information. The most complete and authoritative source for determining whether an entity qualifies as a charitable organization is the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) ‘Publication 78,’ Cumulative List of Organizations, which is published annually and updated quarterly.

The BBB Wise Giving Alliance

The BBB Wise Giving Alliance, which is a joint venture between the National Charities Information Bureaus and the Council of Better Business Bureaus Foundation, accessible at their Web site, In addition to general financial information, posts ratings for 400 charities. There is a nominal charge of approximately $4.00 for full reports from this source.

Charity Navigator

Charity Navigator: Charity Navigator works to promote “intellectual giving.” They have information on over 3,400 charities and provide financial information. They rate each charity and provide data on the financial health of the organization. This is a free service.

American Institute of Philanthropy

The American Institute of Philanthropy maintains information and ratings on major charities. They include information on salaries and have a special focus on hot topics such as abortion, cancer, and international relief. The information provided by AIP is free of charge.

Chronicle of Philanthropy

The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Chronicle is a biweekly print publication covering the non-profit world. The online version, found at contains the latest issue, archives, and grant listings. Some material is restricted to subscribers only. Check their site map at to see what is available for non-subscribers.

Stephanie Murphy of Nixon Peabody LLP compiled this set of links to resources about charitable organizations in 12/04. 

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