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Nonprofit Management

Need to Know: Using Guidestar

GuideStar is a subscription database with information on nonprofit organizations. 

You may get the financial information in the report format (individual organization profile) and other information by looking at each individual record. Individuals can get an account in Guidestar which will allow the ability to download up to 1000 records per month.

GuideStar Basics

GuideStar allows you to search for information on more than 1.8 million nonprofit organizations.

You can search by:

  • Organization name
  • Location down to zip code level
  • Employer Identification Number (EIN)
  • Affiliation type
  • National headquarters
  • NTEE Code ( National Taxonomy of  Exempt Entities)
  • IRS subsection
  • Income
  • People search
  • Keyword

Data provided includes 990 forms and information reported by the nonprofit including general contact and organizational information, financials, annual reports, information on staff and board members, mission and impact statements and programs/results. Amount of information available varies by agency.