Research being carried out into non-profits and their activities.
American Institute of Philanthropy
A nonprofit charity watchdog organization that helps donors make informed giving decisions.
Better Business Bureau - For Charities and Donors
Provides information, reports, reviews, ratings and accreditation of charities and nonprofit organizations in the United States. From the Better Business Bureau's Charity Information Center.
The Bridgespan Group
The Bridgespan Group is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that helps nonprofit and philanthropic leaders in the hard work of developing strategies and building organizations that inspire and accelerate social change.
Capital Research Center (CRC)
Studies issues in philanthropy, with a focus on non-profit advocacy groups, their funding sources, their agendas, and their impact on public policy.
Charity Commission for England and Wales
Regulates the administration and affairs of registered UK charities. Site gives detailed advice and policies on charitable activities, with a searchable database of UK charities.
Guide to help donors make intelligent charitable giving decisions. Offers financial ratings of thousands of American nonprofit organizations and charities.
Free service with information on the programs and finances of more than 600,000 American charities and nonprofit organizations, up-to-date news stories on philanthropy, and resources for donors and volunteers.
IRS - Charities & Non-Profits
Provides tax forms and requirements for non-profit organizations. Includes status checks, resources, education, workshops and seminars.
The Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies
Studies not-for-profit, philanthropic, or “civil society” organizations in the United States
OpenSecrets - Organization Profiles
Provides financial information on U.S. non-profit organizations involved in lobbying and political contributions.
ProPublica - Nonprofit Explorer
In April 2013, the IRS released structured data culled from the tax returns of almost 616,000 tax-exempt organizations. Use this database to find organizations and see executive compensation, revenue, expenses, and 990 tax filings going back as far as 2001.
Stanford Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society
Academic center studying philanthropic institutions and nonprofits
Stanford Social Innovation Review
Magazine covering best strategies for nonprofits, foundations, and socially responsible businesses