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 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 after 12:00 EST next Monday to view your organization's listing.

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