You can confirm that a charity is a qualified organization on GuideStar, www.guidestar.org. All of the more than 1 million nonprofits in the GuideStar database are recognized by the IRS as eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions. There is no charge for searching the database.
The organizations on GuideStar include:
- All 501(c)(3) public charities registered with the IRS.
- More than 170,000 faith-based organizations. (Most religious charitable organizations are not required to register with the IRS and do not appear in IRS Publication 78, Cumulative List of Organizations. The faith-based organizations found on GuideStar, however, have either registered with the IRS voluntarily or have provided GuideStar with proof that they meet the IRS criteria for 501(c)(3) public charities.)
Every charity in the database has a GuideStar Report, and every GuideStar Report lists the organization's address. Many reports also include a contact name, telephone number, and e-mail address.
Hundreds of thousands of GuideStar Reports provide data about organizations' missions, programs, accomplishments, and objectives, enabling donors to find the charities whose activities are most in line with their personal values.
A simple, no-cost registration gives donors access to this information on www.guidestar.org.
About GuideStarGuideStar, www.guidestar.org, offers information about the programs and finances of 1.7 million IRS-recognized charitable organizations. GuideStar powers many on-line giving systems and distributes both free and subscription-based nonprofit data to grantmakers, nonprofits, donors, government charity regulators, and professionals serving the sector. To find out more about GuideStar services, go to www.guidestar.org.
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