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Companies and Ads: Non-profits

Tax Information

Journals or Magazine Articles

Most business resources focus on for-profit companies, but you may be able to find journal articles on a particular non-profit in Business Source Complete or ABI/INFORM. 

Other Online Tools

What is Form 990?

Because of their status as non-profits, organizations are required to submit Form 990 or Form 990 EZ with the government, unless they make less than $50,000 per year in which case they file a Form 990-N. ​Non-profits must make the last three years of this form publicly available. Form 990 incudes information about an organization's mission, programs, and finances. 

Tips for Researching Non-Profit Businesses

1. Start with the organization's website.

Some will post their mission, staffing, and maybe an annual report. Look for clues as to their organizational structure and their history.

2. Use Tax Information

A non-profits tax information can provide a details to help understand an organization and its operations. Some of the data that can point to this information are the non-profit's finances, assets, investments, expenditures, board members, and salaries of top employees.

3. Check for state registration.

Most states require non-profits to register with a state agency, and that information may be posted on a public database. This varies from state to state.