21/8/2017

Nonprofit Explorer

 

Research tax-exempt organisations.

Reporting on a particular charity’s spending? Or, monitoring sector-wide executive remuneration? ProPublica’s Nonprofit Explorer is a must see resource when researching any story that touches on the nonprofit sector.

Using the database, you can search over 3 million tax returns from tax-exempt organizations and see financial details such as their executive compensation and revenue and expenses.

The summary data contains information processed by the IRS during the 2012-2016 calendar years, which generally consists of filings for the 2011-2015 fiscal years, but may include older records. This data release includes only a subset of what can be found in the full Form 990s.

In addition to the raw summary data, the tool links to PDFs of full Form 990 documents wherever possible. This consists of a separate release by the IRS of Form 990 documents processed by the agency through June 2016, but may contain filings as recent as the 2015 fiscal year.

Image: A glimpse of entries.

To complement the Explorer, ProPublica has also developed a [guide for investigating nonprofits]( https://www.propublica.org/nerds/item/resources-for-investigating-tax-exempt-organizations), so that you can get the most out of their data. The guide includes explanatory resources for researching charities, as well as links to additional data sources.

The data powering Explorer is available programmatically, via an API, which is due to be updated in the coming months.

There is also an embed version of the tool that you can include in your reports:

Visit the full Nonprofit Explorer here.

Image: ProPublica.

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