Use the following links to learn more about a particular
charity, or find additional information on charitable giving. Note:
Links will open in a new browser window or tab.
US Treasury List of Terrorist Organizations
The United States Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control publishes a list of organizations that it deems involved in terrorism or narcotic trafficking.
Southern Poverty Law Center's (SPLC) List of Hate Groups
Site and interactive map feature to identify active organizations that SPLC classifies as hate groups in the United States.
Sources for Charity Information
Filed with the Government:
National Center for Charitable Statistics
ProPublica Nonprofit Explorer
Secretary of State
NY Attorney General
Secretary of State
Secretary of State
Sites such as the Foundation Center, the Economic Research Institute,
Guidestar.org, the Illinois Attorney General, North Carolina Secretary
of State, the New York Attorney General and the Massachusetts Attorney
General are excellent sources for finding a charitys tax filings,
also known as IRS Form 990s. Guidestar.org, unlike the other sites
listed, requires first-time users to register an e-mail address
before providing access to charity information. Guidestar.org publishes
only charities' most recent three tax filings. The Economic Research Institute
is one site that posts recently updated 990s as
well as older 990s going back several years. The charitable databases
of the Illinois Attorney General, North Carolina Secretary of State,
New York Attorney General, and Massachusetts Attorney General may
also contain audited financial statements for organizations soliciting
in those states (many of which also solicit nationally).
It may be better to obtain a charity's financial documents
from these sources, rather than directly from a charity. We have
seen instances where charities post either incomplete or partial
financial documents on their websites and these sources obtain much
of their information from official government filings. Also, charities
that file partial or false information with the government may be
subject to fines or penalties.
Search for Nonprofits That Have Reported a Diversion of Assets
The Washington Post has assembled a public, searchable database of nonprofits that have
disclosed a "significant diversion" of assets since 2008. More than 1,000 nonprofits have
reported a significant diversion of assets from 2008-2012 according to The Post's analysis.
A diversion is considered significant if it is more than $250,000 or 5% of the organization's
annual gross receipts or total assets.
These diversions of assets, which nonprofits have been required to report on their annual IRS
Form 990 filing since 2008, include losses related to theft, fraud, embezzlement, and other
unauthorized uses of funds.
To find out if a charity is registered in a particular state, click
on the state's name at NASCOnet. Some state government charity offices
have registration and/or financial summary information available
on-line. Remember that registration does not imply an endorsement
by the state.
Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)
NCRP promotes accountability and responsiveness in the philantrophic
field. NCRP's staff monitors philanthropic practices and identifies
potential areas for reform that can make a positive, progressive
difference for the nonprofit community.
The FTC cracks down on charity frauds. Also visit
Operation: False Charity and Operation:
To see if donations to a charity are tax-deductible, go to the IRS
site's Internal Revenue Services Exempt Organizations search tool.
The largest alliance of U.S. based international development
and humanitarian nongovernmental organizations.
Online database of Wall Watchers, a watchdog organization, with
profiles of and reports on christian faith-based charities and groups.
An accreditation agency comprising christian evangelical organizations
which comply with standards for financial accountability, fundraising