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Nonprofit and Non-Governmental (NGO) Organizations: Researching Nonprofits in the U.S.

Nonprofit Types

This guide covers tools for researching (3) types of nonprofit or tax-exempt organizations:

  • 501(c)(3) charitable, educational, or religious organizations
  • 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations and associations
  • 527 political organizations

► See explanations of organization types from Open Secrets.

► See the IRS website for additional tax-exempt organization types.

U.S. Nonprofit Organizations

527 Organizations

Nonprofit Websites

► To learn more about a nonprofit through its website, navigate the menu to look for the following:

  • Mission statement, values, and organizational history
  • Staff & Board of Directors
  • Publications including annual reports, research reports, white papers, and press releases
  • Donations from individual donors, foundations, corporations, and government grants

► Not sure how to find the information you want from a nonprofit website?


Issues & Program Areas

Nonprofit Leaders

Directory information about nonprofits leaders varies depending on the size and influence of an organization. Try the following options to learn about nonprofit leaders:

  • LinkedIn & other social media
  • Search by name in Nexis Uni
  • Search by name in newspaper collections
  • Search by name or nonprofit name in other library databases to find articles by a specific person or articles about an organization

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