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Industry Research: Non-Profits

Business guide to industry research


There are various classifications for nonprofits and charities that are designated by the Internal Revenue Service as having a tax exempt status.  The most general EO (Exempt Organization) classification is a 501c corporation, but there are also 501(c)(6) organizations and 501(c)(3) charitable organizations.  For more details, refer to this IRS link.

While non-profits and charitable organizations have tax exempt status, they are required by law to file a Form 990.  Many websites allow you to search for these filings, including the National Center for Charitable Statistics at the Urban Institute (see below under Internet Resources )

Searching USC Databases

When searching USC databases, use terms like:  NONPROFITS, NOT-FOR-PROFITS, PHILANTHROPY, CORPORATE GIVING, CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY, SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, SOCIAL CAUSES, FUND RAISING, CHARITIES, CHARITABLE FOUNDATIONS, DONATIONS, GRANTS, FOUNDATIONS, ENDOWMENTS.  Use area of focus to refine results (e.g.: education, conservation, human rights, youth organizations). Search on specific entities such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  

When available, search NAICs code:

  • 8132 for Grantmaking & Giving Services
  • 813311 for Human Rights Organizations
  • 81331 for Social Advocacy
  • 8131 for Religious Organizations

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