Foundations

  • Foundation Center
    The Foundation Center is the nation’s leading authority on organized philanthropy. Click the Get Started tab (in the gold topics list at the top) for useful FAQ’s and research tips. Click the Find Funders tab for Foundation Finder and 990 Finder look-ups. Click the Gain Knowledge tab for blogs, Philanthropy News Digest, and free downloadable reports on a variety of topics.
  • Foundation Center Foundation Finder
    Use the Foundation Finder tool to search by name, city, or state for thousands of private and community foundations, grantmaking public charities, and corporate giving programs in the U.S.
  • Foundation Center 990 Finder
    Search for the tax returns (Form 990’s and Form 990-PF’s) of thousands of private and community foundations in the U.S. Search by name, state, ZIP code, EIN, and fiscal year. These required tax filings provide directors' names, total assets of the foundation, grant amounts, and names of grant recipients.
  • GuideStar
    You must register to use this database on more than 1.8 million nonprofits – but it is fast and free. Click on the blue “Register” button on the upper left of the home page and enter your e-mail address, password, and other required fields. GuideStar will send you a confirmation email with a link to redirect you to the home page. Enter an organization's name in the white box below the Nonprofit Search field and click Start Your Search. Choose your nonprofit’s name from among the hits and click through to review information such as contact details, mission statement and Form 990’s.
  • National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS)
    The NCCS is the national clearinghouse on the U.S. nonprofit sector. Click “Find an Organization” tab at left to search for a nonprofit by name, location, or other criteria. Click “U.S. Nonprofit Sector” tab for data on volunteering and charitable giving and Top 10 lists. This site provides Form 990 data, details on nonprofit organizations’ funding and administrative ratios, and online data analysis tools. Registration is free.