How to look up Charitable Organizations 501(c)3

Find out if a charity is a real 501(c)3 or not.

In the United States, there are two ways I know of to verify whether or not a, not-for-profit has filed the required paperwork with the IRS.

1- You can visit Guidestar.org. They list all registered charitable organizations. The only problem with them is the charity actually has to send them their IRS designation papers. Meaning some charities are unaware that it’s their responsibility to forward their information.

2- You can visit the IRS site, a charitable organization should be listed here, if they applied for and were granted their Not-for-Profit status.

How to search on either one of the above sites :

You must have the corporation name of the charity your searching for, not their web address. Usually at the bottom of one of their web pages, you will be able to find their corporation name and their address. Or it should be listed on their “about” page, If they don’t list their official corporation name, I would be careful. Additionally before an organization can apply for their “not for profit” status, they must first file for their articles of incorporation in their given state.

An example would be Spirit Animal Sanctuary inc.

If you search using our web address www.spiritanimal.org , you will receive a search again notice. But if you type in Spirit Animal Sanctuary Inc. , Then you will find us listed on both Guidestar.org and the Internal Revenue Service’s websites.

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Guidestar.org


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  3. Guidestar.org

    On Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 3:01 AM, alan papszycki, http://www.spiritanimal.org wrote:

    > Hi Chris, > > Visit Guidstar.org . You have to register with them (free) to view a non > profit’s information. > >

  4. Hi Chris,

    Visit Guidstar.org . You have to register with them (free) to view a non profit’s information.

  5. I want to be asble to look up the entire contents of an organizations 501c3 on the computer, how do I do this?

  6. Is there any site out there where the Articles of Incorporation for a given 501c3 charitable organization can be reviewed??? Please help or please point me in the right direction. Same question for an organizations “By Laws”

    Thanks

  7. looking to see if this ministry is inactive or active

  8. Al: There is a misconception that you need a 501c3 to be considered a “non-profit”- that is not the case. You can register as a non-profit charity without going through the 501c3 paperwork. All the 501c3 says is that any donations you get are tax deductible. You need at least 3 Board members and a lot of paperwork to be approved. But there are plenty of small rescues out there run with one or two people who are true non-profit charities. They just don’t have the time, people, money, etc to be considered as a 501c3 but again, that only means any donations they get can not be considered as a deduction on your taxes. I hope you clarify this because you are giving a lot of legitimate, hard -working small rescues a bad rap that is not deserved.

  9. Thanks Bruce,

    I obviously wasn’t clear enough on that, although it’s in the charities best interest to list with Guidestar.

  10. “You can visit Guidestar.org. They list all registered charitable organizations. The only problem with them is the charity actually has to send them their IRS designation papers. Meaning some charities are unaware that it’s their responsibility to forward their information.”

    Submitting to Guidestar, is not a requirement or a responsibility of a nonprofit organization – unless they want to be listed.

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