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If you don’t find the charity you’re looking for in the database, you may still recommend a grant if the organization is a qualified U.S.-based public charity.

  • FAQs

    • How do I search for an organization?

      GuideStar’s search function allows you to find an organization by keyword, city, state, zip, nonprofit category, revenue range, or employer identification number (EIN).

    • Which organizations are included in the GuideStar database?

      GuideStar's database includes information on all IRS-registered 501(c)(3) organizations to which donations may be tax-deductible. Currently, there are more than 1 million organizations in the database.

    • What if I am unable to find a particular nonprofit on the website?

      Try searching for location, activity, or revenue, because the IRS (and the charitable organizations themselves) often abbreviates names, making a keyword search more difficult.

      There are several reasons an organization may not appear on GuideStar.

      • It may not be an IRS-registered 501(c)(3) organization eligible to accept tax-deductible contributions.
      • It may be registered under a different name with the IRS. For instance, GuideStar is registered under the name “Philanthropic Research, Inc.”
      • It may be considered a religious entity and is therefore not required to file with the IRS for tax-exempt status.
      • It may be a program associated with a larger organization and not have its own listing.
      • It may no longer be a 501(c)(3) organization, having lost its IRS status or gone out of business.
      • It may be a new charity that has not been entered in the database yet.

    • How do I find the national headquarters of an organization?

      Try limiting your search by choosing the largest revenue range. If nothing comes up, choose the next highest range.

    • Why is my local house of worship not listed in the database?

      The GuideStar database may not include your religious organization because religious entities are not required to file with the IRS for tax-exempt status. Only a fraction of American houses of worship have applied for formal IRS tax-exempt status.

    • Still unable to find it? We can help.

      Even if a charity is not in the GuideStar database, you can still recommend a grant if the organization is a qualified U.S.-based public charity.

      As a safeguard, before a grant can be given to a particular charity, Schwab Charitable™ helps determine if that charity meets basic qualifications. If you’d like to contribute to a charity that is not yet in our system, simply enter the charity’s information in your grant recommendation and Schwab Charitable will research the charity's eligibility.