CharityCheck Directory Search

Do a CharityCheck directory search. Dig before you donate -- check an organization's identity -- heed the warnings of the FBI, IRS, FTC, NASCO and state attorneys general.

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.

For best search results:

  1. FIRST search Organization Name (words you are sure of).
  2. 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) anywhere in the name
Word(s) at the beginning

If the Name search (#1 above) gives you too many results, then also use one or more of the City, State or ZIP boxes below 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 1.8 million organizations recognized as tax-exempt by the IRS. Their names are often similar. Similar names easily produce confusion. Do a charity check to make sure you are supporting exactly the group you want.

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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