GuideStar Launches Data Services

Release date: July 29, 2002
GuideStar, the premier source of information on U.S. charitable organizations, has inaugurated a new service to provide users with nonprofit data tailored to their needs.

Through GuideStar Data Services, requesters can obtain up-to-date, cost-efficient, and reliable nonprofit data in the formats they specify. Drawn entirely from IRS Forms 990, 990-EZ, and the IRS Business Master File (BMF), this information is ideal for charitable-sector research, nonprofit outreach, and software integration.

Data Services customers select from more than 175 fields to define the information they require. The total cost for a data set is determined by the number of records and information fields it contains; discounts are available for nonprofits that participate in GuideStar. Clients can obtain a free count before ordering a data set.

Containing information on more than 850,000 nonprofits, the GuideStar database is the most comprehensive and current source of information on the nation's charitable organizations. Data from nonprofits' Forms 990 and 990-EZ are added to the database every day, and IRS Business Master File information is updated 10-11 times a year. Form 990 or 990-EZ information is available for approximately 250,000 nonprofits (those with incomes of more than $25,000), and BMF information is available for an additional 600,000 organizations, including private foundations. GuideStar receives both images of the 990s and 990-EZs (information is then keyed for inclusion in the database) and BMF updates directly from the IRS.

For more information and to view sample data sets, go to To obtain a free count, contact GuideStar's Data Services Department at 1-800-421-8656.

About GuideStar

GuideStar is the operating name and registered trademark of Philanthropic Research, Inc., a 501(c)(3) public charity located in Williamsburg, Virginia. GuideStar's mission is to revolutionize philanthropy and nonprofit practice with information. To that end, GuideStar has created and is constantly updating a database of information on all IRS-recognized 501(c) nonprofit organizations eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions. The GuideStar database currently comprises information on 1.7 million nonprofit organizations. Basic program and financial data about these organizations are available for free on the GuideStar Web site,

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