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 document with the EIN and organization’s name pre-printed on the document (Form 941, payroll tax receipts, W-9, and EIN Issuance Letter are all acceptable documentation);
  • 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.
  • Copy of a business license if required by the state in which the organization is located, that includes the organization's EIN
  • Complete, signed copy of its bylaws if required by the state in which the organization is located.
  • Copy of IRS Receipt confirming Form 990-N filing.

You may email the requested information to us at getlisted@guidestar.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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