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Tools To Help You Research Nonprofit Organizations

General Information (including verification of 501(c)(3) status and 990s)

Foundation Center 990 Finder

Guidestar

IRS Exempt Organizations Select Check

National Center for Charitable Statistics

Ratings by Independent Parties

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance

Givewell

Charity Navigator

Charity Watch

Philanthropedia

Reviews by Individuals with Firsthand Experience

Great Nonprofits

Tools to Help You Give to Nonprofit Organizations

Giving Tools: Planning and Reflection

Bolder Giving

Giving Toolkit

Bolder Giving Workbook

Charity Navigator Giving Calculator

GiveSmart

Nonprofit Due Diligence Guide

Finding Your Philanthropy Compass

Inspired Legacies

Inspiring Donors Tools

Research by Issue Area

Root Cause Social Impact Research

University of Pennsylvania Center for High Impact Philanthropy

Online Giving Sites with Reviews or Search Capability

Causes

Crowdrise

Donors Choose

DonorEdge Learning Community (Community Foundations)

FirstGiving

Global Giving

JustGive

Kiva

Network for Good

Razoo

Other

A Path That’s Clear

The High Impact Network  (THINK)

Related Articles

The Ratings Game  by Stephanie Lowell, Brian Trelstad, & Bill Meehan. Stanford Social Innovation Review (Summer, 2005)

Watchdogging the Charity Watchdogs  by Monica Eng.  Chicago Tribune  (December 21, 2011)