Requirements To List A Government Entity on GuideStar 

  • Must have its own Employer Identification Number (EIN), independent from that of a parent or national office
  • Cannot have filed or is not planning to file a Form 1023, 1024, or 8976 Applications for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code, with the IRS.  (If you have filed or plan to file one of these documents and believe you should be listed as a government entity please email getlisted@candid.org to find out what your listing requirements are. The requirements below will not be applicable in this case.)

Send GuideStar These Documents

  • A copy of a federal IRS issued document with the name and EIN of your 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.)
  • Letter on letterhead from the organization stating how your organization is a government entity and requesting to be listed on GuideStar.  The letter should include the Organization Name, EIN, Address, and be signed by an authorized representative of the organization, including signers printed name and title.  The letter must be dated not older than thirty days at the time of submission to GuideStar. Letter must include this statement  “No representative of this organization (insert Organization name and EIN) has filed or will file Form 1023, 1024, or 8976.” (Letter should be in non-editable PDF format.  Word documents are not acceptable.  Links to web documents are not acceptable.)

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.

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