The requirements to get an organization listed on GuideStar differ depending on whether its Employer Identification Number (EIN) is included under the group exemption of a central denomination.

A group exemption is the IRS’s recognition of an umbrella (central) organization and its affiliated organizations as tax exempt. A group exemption letter has the same effect as an individual exemption letter except that it applies to more than one organization.

An organization under a group exemption typically has an EIN separate from that of the central organization. If your organization has its own EIN, that does not necessarily preclude it from being covered under a group exemption. Inclusion in a group exemption will not affect the ability of your organization to be listed separately or to receive donations directly.

If your organization is associated with a central organization, please make sure whether a group exemption applies. Any profile created for an organization not formally determined or under a group exemption will be temporary due to policy changes taking effect on January 2020. Inclusion in a group exemption will ensure that your GuideStar listing will remain onsite.

You may find the information in our How to Get Listed FAQs article helpful.

If your house of worship or religious organization is under a group exemption, please see How to Get Your House of Worship/Religious Organization under a Group Exemption Listed on GuideStar. If not under a group exemption, the applicable requirements are below.


If your house of worship is not covered under the group exemption of an associated national denomination, please email the following information to getlisted@candid.org to receive the current listing requirements:

  • Your name and title with the organization
  • House of Worship Name
  • House of Worship EIN
  • House of Worship Address
  • House of Worship Website if available. (If not available please indicate that your organization does not have a website.)
  • Please indicate whether or not your house of worship has ever filed a Form 1023 (Application for Recognition of Federal Tax-Exempt Status) with the federal IRS.

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

The procedures and requirements for an independent house of worship will be in effect through 12/31/19 only. Beginning January 1, 2020, Candid will require a letter of determination or group exemption letter to list and create profiles for nonprofits that are not in the IRS Business Master File, the IRS’s definitive record of tax-exempt organizations. We will begin removing organizations that have not provided this documentation from GuideStar in January 2020. Learn more about this decision and how you can ensure your profile is not deleted.

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, 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 information and will 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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