Please review the "Important Notes" at the bottom of this page before emailing your request.

If your church is part of a parent church, group exemption, (i.e. Catholic, Presbyterian, Episcopal, etc), please email getlisted@candid.org the following documents:

  • A copy of a letter, on letterhead, from the parent church including the parent church's EIN, your church's EIN and address, and must state that your church is included in their group exemption. The letter must be signed by an authorized representative of the parent organization and include the signers printed name and title.  The letter must be dated not older than six months at the time of submission to GuideStar.  The letter should be in non-editable PDF format. Word documents are not acceptable. Links to web documents are not acceptable. And
  • A copy of a federal IRS issued document with the name and EIN of your church pre-printed on it.  IRS filing correspondence, payroll tax receipts, and EIN Issuance/Verification letters are all acceptable documents. (Self-certifying documents will not be accepted.)

       OR

  • A copy of a federal IRS issued document with the name and EIN of your church pre-printed on it.  IRS filing correspondence, payroll tax receipts, and EIN Issuance/Verification letters are all acceptable documents. (Self-certifying documents will not be accepted.)  And
  • A copy of the church's listing in the parent Church National Directory. Directory listing should be from the most current issue.

If your church is an independent church/house of worship, not covered under a parent church group exemption, please email the information below to getlisted@candid.org for the current listing requirements:

  • Your Name and Title with the organization
  • Church/House of Worship Name
  • Church/House of Worship EIN
  • Church/House of Worship Address
  • Church/House of Worship Website if available. (If not available please indicate that your organization does not have a website.)

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.

If your religious organization (including religious schools and ministries) is part of a parent church group exemption (i.e. Catholic, Presbyterian, Episcopal, etc.), please email getlisted@candid.org the following documents:

  • A copy of a letter, on letterhead, from the parent church including the parent church's EIN, your organization's EIN and address, and must state that your organization is included in their group exemption. The letter must be signed by an authorized representative of the parent organization and include the signers printed name and title.  The letter must be dated not older than six months at the time of submission to GuideStar.  The letter should be in non-editable PDF format. Word documents are not acceptable. Links to web documents are not acceptable. And
  • A copy of a federal IRS issued document with the name and EIN of your religious organization pre-printed on it.  IRS filing correspondence, payroll tax receipts, and EIN Issuance/Verification letters are all acceptable documents. (Self-certifying documents will not be accepted.)

       OR

  • A copy of a federal IRS issued document with the name and EIN of your religious organization pre-printed on it.  IRS filing correspondence, payroll tax receipts, and EIN Issuance/Verification letters are all acceptable documents. (Self-certifying documents will not be accepted.)  And
  • A copy of your organization's listing in the parent Church National Directory. Directory listing should be from the most current issue.

If your religious school is associated with an Independent church, and is not part of a group exemption under a parent church, please email the information below to getlisted@candid.org for the current listing requirements:

  • Your Name and Title with the organization
  • School Name
  • School EIN (Cannot be shared with church. School must have its own EIN.)
  • School Address
  • School Website if available. (If not available please indicate that your organization does not have a website.)
  • Associated Church Name
  • Associated Church EIN
  • Associated Church Address
  • Associated Church Website if available. (If not available please indicate that your organization does not have a website.)

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.

If your religious organization (including ministries) is not part of a group exemption with a parent church, send GuideStar the following document:

  • Letter of Determination (LOD) issued by the IRS- No alternative documents are acceptable.  (Include all pages and any addendums.) 


You may email the requested information to us at
getlisted@candid.org. Once we have received all of the information we will be happy to create a listing on GuideStar. GuideStar imports its new nonprofit organizations each Monday morning. Please visit www.guidestar.org after 12:00 EST next Monday to view your organization's listing.

Important Notes:

  • Churches and religious organizations must have their own EIN, independent from a parent or National Office. Do not send your parent organization’s Letter of Determination. Also, a state document does not qualify as a federal IRS document.
  • Churches and/or religious organizations are not required to apply for tax exempt status (Form 1023) with the IRS.  Therefore, they will never appear on the IRS Publication 78 (Select Check).  If a church or religious organization chooses to file a 1023, which is an official request for an IRS ruling, then they will receive a Letter of Determination and appear on the IRS Publication 78 and IRS Business Master File. 
  • If your church or religious organization has filed or plans to file a 1023 within the next 12 months, we will only list your organization with a Letter of Determination issued by the IRS.

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