GuideStar for Education

GuideStar for Education offers qualified academic researchers, instructors, and their students at nonprofit institutions, discounted or complimentary access to our database of information on more than 2.5 million nonprofit organizations.


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How It Works

GuideStar is pleased to be able to dedicate a portion of our philanthropic support to subsidize free access to our Premium search tools for students and researchers.  Instructors, individuals, and academic institutions doing research on nonprofit organizations can apply for pro bono access to GuideStar Premium for themselves and their students.


GuideStar Premium allows users at nonprofit institutions to search, compare, and analyze millions of nonprofit organizations, filtering by size, revenue, location, etc. Interested instructors and researchers can fill out an online application to share how they plan to use GuideStar’s information and services.


After reviewing your application, GuideStar will contact you to discuss next steps.


Ready to Apply?  ⟶

Partners Who Have Benefited From the GuideStar Education Program Include:


  • Canisius College
  • College of Charleston
  • East Carolina University
  • Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Metro
  • Kennesaw State University 
  • Muhlenberg College
... and dozens of others

Who is Eligible?

Class instructors, their students, and individuals doing academic research at nonprofit colleges or universities may apply for access.  Discounts and/or complementary access are awarded based on the availability of pro bono funds from GuideStar, the budgetary constraints of the institution requesting access, and the specific requested use case.


If your university or academic institution has a subscription to GuideStar Library Services, you may already have access to GuideStar. Please complete the form below and we will let you know if your university already has access.

“GuideStar for Education is an indispensable teaching tool. The students learn from the raw material in the 990s, helpfully complemented by the summaries and charts.”





Char Mollison

Faculty & Program Coordinator, 

Johns Hopkins University



Read the case study 

Ready to Apply?

Before applying, you must sign in or create a free account on GuideStar.


Once you are registered, start the application process by selecting your role below and telling us about your project and plan. After reviewing your application, someone from the GuideStar will contact you to discuss access, costs, and potential discounts for justified use cases.


Complimentary seats for GuideStar Premium will be awarded at GuideStar’s sole discretion but will be based on availability, need, project plan, and alignment with GuideStar’s mission.


Please note: Applications are reviewed every Monday and applicants can expect a response by following Wednesday. 

Apply as an Instructor    Apply as a Researcher


Questions? Contact us on the GuideStar Help Center

Need Access to More Nonprofit Information?

Check out GuideStar Library Services which offers colleges and universities:


  • Campus-wide subscriptions for all their students and professors
  • Access to our premier search and analysis tool, GuideStar Pro
  • Campus-wide IP address access, which benefits all students and faculty rather than just a certain class in a certain school within a university
  • Flexible download ability for professors and students
  • Library-level account management to monitor use and gain access to larger sets of GuideStar data for research purposes.

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