*Please review the Important Notes before emailing your request.

Important Notes

  • An Employer Identification Number (EIN) does not automatically grant formal 501(c)(3) status to your organization.
  • All religious organization’s must have their own individual EIN to be added onsite separately from any associated House of Worship or national office. GuideStar cannot create a listing for your organization if it does not have its own EIN.

If your religious organization (including religious schools and ministries) is included under the group exemption of a national office (i.e. Catholic, Presbyterian, Episcopal, etc.), please email the following to getlisted@candid.org:

1. A copy of a letter, on letterhead, from the national organization including their EIN and group exemption number, stating that your organization is included in their group exemption. The letter must fit the following specifications:

  • Includes the name, EIN, and address of your organization
  • Signed by an authorized representative of the national office, including the signers printed name and title
  • Dated no older than six months at the time of submission to GuideStar
  • In non-editable PDF format. Word documents are not acceptable. Links to web documents are not acceptable. 

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2. A copy of a federal IRS issued document with the name and EIN of your specific organization pre-printed on it.IRS EIN Issuance letter, IRS EIN Verification, or IRS correspondence are the only acceptable documents. 

  • Self-certifying documents will not be accepted. Your organization may only be listed using the name and address as it appears on the IRS issued Federal document.

You must be a registered GuideStar user to request having your organization listed on GuideStar. Please see the Create a GuideStar Account help article before sending your request.

If your religious organization is a Faith Based Affiliate (an "integrated auxiliary") of a House of Worship, independent not under group exemption,  please email the following information to getlisted@candid.org to receive the current listing requirements:

  • Your Name and Title with the organization
  • Religious Organization Name
  • Religious Organization EIN (Cannot be shared with house of worship. Religious Organization must have its own EIN)
  • Religious Organization Address
  • Religious Organization Website if available. (If not available please indicate that your organization does not have a website)
  • Associated House of Worship Name
  • Associated House of Worship EIN
  • Associated House of Worship Address
  • Associated House of Worship Website if available. (If not available please indicate that your organization does not have a website)

Please Note: All religious organizations must have their own individual EIN to be added onsite separately from any associated house of worship or national office. GuideStar cannot create a listing for your organization if it does not have its own EIN.

Upon receipt of your email with the information listed above, we will follow up with further guidance about the requirements and required documents to be listed on GuideStar.

You must be a registered GuideStar user to request having your organization listed on GuideStar. Please see the Create a GuideStar Account help article before sending your request.

If your religious organization (including ministries) is not part of a group exemption or an integrated auxiliary of an independent house of worship, send GuideStar the following document:

  • Letter of Determination (all pages) issued by the IRS, dated no older than six months - No alternative documents are acceptable. 

You must be a registered GuideStar user to request having your organization listed on GuideStar. Please see the Create a GuideStar Account help article before sending your request.


You may email the requested information to us at getlisted@candid.org. Once received, we will review the documents and follow up as quickly as possible.You will be notified of your application's status after review. We may request further documentation.

If approved, GuideStar imports new nonprofit organizations each Monday morning. If you receive an approval notification, please visit www.guidestar.org after 12:00 EST the following Monday to view your organization's listing.

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