You’ve got the desire to make a difference. You’re looking to contribute to a 501(c)(3) charity organization – but how do you find them? Whether you’re looking for a list of charities to choose from or trying to verify an organization’s tax-exempt status, you’re going to want to know how to locate a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization list.
Where to Look
Your search for a list should start with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The status of 501(c)(3), or tax exemption, for an organization, can only be given by the IRS. Nonprofits obtain this exemption by filling out heaps of paperwork and submitting an application. When the IRS declares a nonprofit organization as tax-exempt, the organization is added to a database. This IRS database is regularly updated with 501(c)(3) charities as they are added.
To find the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization list made by the IRS, visit www.irs.gov/charities-non-profits and navigate to the left-hand side and select “Search for Charities”. You can then select “Exempt Organizations Select Check Tool” and choose which search criteria to use. This will help you narrow down the specific organization, or type of organization, that you’re looking for.
The IRS isn’t the only place to find a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization list! Take to the internet and enlist the help of your favorite web browser. Simply search “501(c)(3) nonprofit organization list”. Among your results will be the IRS database, as well as lists from organizations like America’s Charities and GuideStar.
As a 501(c)(3) organization itself, America’s Charities encourages businesses and employees to support causes and ultimately bring more resources and contributions to nonprofit organizations. Their mission statement says, “America’s Charities helps the nation’s most trusted charities thrive by generating sustainable income through workplace giving and additional paths. We inspire employers and individuals to reach their philanthropic goals and support the charities of their choice.” This organization has made an alliance with over 140 charities that are verified 501(c)(3) organizations. All allied nonprofits must meet specific criteria and are reviewed on a yearly basis.
At the top of America’s Charities’ website, charities.org, there is a tab that reads “Find a Charity”. By selecting this in the navigation, you’re brought to page with a search bar, as well as a list of nonprofit organizations. This nonprofit’s database is a way for you to search verified tax-exempt organizations, and learn about the mission and works of each one.
Another place to locate a list of 501(c)(3) organizations is GuideStar. This public charity gathers and disseminates information about non-profit organizations that are registered with the IRS. This information includes details likes their mission, impact, finances, transparency, and reputation.
This vast amount of information makes it easy for those looking for a reliable and trustworthy charity to contribute to, to find one. Not only do you learn about an organization’s purpose, but you determine whether or not the organization if worth your money or time.
If you’re still not sure what organization is a best match for you, try the CHARITIESHUB tool. This resource pairs volunteers with organizations in need of help, and vice versa.