Nonprofit sector

Research & Gateways

  • USAGov for Nonprofits
    Contains information on grants, loans, management and operations, and tax information from the U.S. government for nonprofit organizations.
  • Foundation Center
    Comprehensive information on private, corporate, and community foundations; public charities; the fund-raising process; and writing grant proposals. Click on the link to Gain Knowledge to search their Catalog of Nonprofit Literature and locate their research studies.
  • Independent Sector
    Coalition of U. S. charitable and philanthropic foundations and corporate-giving organizations. Web site contains some free research publications, public policy statements, and accountability information for organizations and nonprofits.
  • National Center for Charitable Statistics
    A national repository of data on the nonprofit sector in the United States. You must register to obtain their data files.

  • Council on Foundations
    A nonprofit membership association of grantmaking foundations and corporations.  Many of their research report and white papers are available on their site.

IRS 990 Forms

  • Charities Bureau (NYS Attorney General)
    Database of charities and fundraising professionals in NYS. For charities, links are given to filed NYS paperwork, such as 990 forms.
  • Guidestar
    Provides access to 990 forms, as well as reports and some analysis to non-profits efficiency. Registration required to use.
  • ProPublica Non-Profit Explorer
    Allows searching of all 990 forms filed with the IRS since 2001. Downloading allowed, and multiple search options given.