Requirements To List A Nonprofit (Less Than $5000) on GuideStar

  • Must have its own Employer Identification Number (EIN), independent from that of a parent or national office
  • Must have filed a Form 990-N with the IRS, and
  • cannot have filed or is not planning to file a Form 1023*, Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, with the IRS. *The request must include this written statement “No representative of this organization (insert Organization name and EIN) has filed or will file Form 1023”.

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.) And
  • Signed copy of a certificate of incorporation, filed with the state and stamped by that authority, or a complete, signed copy of its articles of incorporation. And
  • Copy of a business license if required by the state in which the organization is located, that includes the organization's EIN. And
  • Complete, signed copy of its bylaws if required by the state in which the organization is located. And
  • Copy of IRS Receipt confirming Form 990-N filing. Must have filed for the most recent tax year.

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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