CharityCheck Directory Search

Check an organization's identity and tax status before you donate.

This is the user-friendly alternative to IRS Publication 78 and Exempt Organization Select-Check.

The CharityCheck directory includes every charity and nonprofit organization listed by the Internal Revenue Service as exempt from federal income taxes. If you have the organization's EIN, use the Reverse Lookup page.

Search Tips - Follow for Best Results

  1. Start with Organization Name.
  2. Keep it simple: Enter one to three words you are sure of.
  3. Leave out "the" and "and" and "&".
  4. The names in the directory are the formal names organizations use with the IRS.
  5. Searches are not case sensitive.
Organization Name (words you are sure of): 
Search based on (select one):  Word(s) included anywhere in the name
Name begins with word(s)

First, do the Organization Name search (above).
If the Organization Name search results give you too many choices, come back and use the State, City or ZIP box(es) to narrow your search.
ZIP (five digits): 

CharityCheck for both identity and tax status

Avoid Fakes. Not every group that looks, sounds or feels like a charity is truly a charity. Fake “charities” often adopt names similar to legitimate charities, siphoning off dollars needed for good works. They’re specially active around crises, natural disasters and other big news items and causes. Do a charity check to make sure the group is truly a charity.

Confirm Identity. There are more than 1.7 million organizations recognized as tax-exempt by the IRS. Their names are often similar. Similar names easily produce confusion. More than 17,000 organizations have "Veteran" in their names. More than 1,300 have "Habitat for Humanity." More than 80 have "American Cancer." Do a charity check to make sure you are supporting exactly the group you think.

Confirm Tax Status. Do a charity check to find the organization's tax status. Before you give, you should know the answers to these two questions -

  • Is the organization recognized as a charity or nonprofit by the IRS?
  • Will a donation be deductible as a charitable contribution?

Doing a CharityCheck directory search is smart, fast, safe and free. Doing a Reverse Lookup is just as smart, safe and free -- and even faster!

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