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What IRS databases do you reference for nonprofit data?

In order to become a Give Lively member nonprofit, your organization must be a U.S. public charity (not private foundation) with 501(c)(3) status and good standing with both the IRS and the California Attorney General's Registry of Charities and Fundraisers.

To confirm the existence and status of a nonprofit, Give Lively automatically consults public data available through the following:

  • the IRS Business Master File – a list of more than 1.8 million nonprofits registered with the IRS as tax-exempt organizations
  • IRS Publication 78 (Cumulative List of Organizations) – a list of IRS-recognized organizations eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions
  • IRS Determination Letter database
  • California Attorney General's Registry of Charities and Fundraisers – a list of nonprofits registered in California from which we identify those marked as delinquent 
  • nonprofits themselves.

Important notes:

  • Due to the possibility of IRS delays in updating data, our application review process may require some nonprofits to submit additional materials for further verification.
  • If your organization’s basic information has changed since it registered with the IRS – especially its name, EIN or mailing address – please first check the information registered with the IRS using its Tax Exempt Organization Search Tool. Register any corrections directly with the IRS, especially a change of address.
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