New tool makes it easier to search 3 million nonprofits’ tax filings

Written on Jun 14, 2019

Nonprofit newsroom ProPublica has launched a new feature with the ability to search the full text of nearly 3 million electronically filed nonprofit tax filings sent to the IRS since 2011.

The database, Nonprofit Explorer, already lets researchers, reporters and the general public search for tax information from more than 1.8 million nonprofit organizations in the United States, as well as allowing users to search for the names of key employees and directors of organizations.

Now, users of the free database can search for text that appears anywhere in a nonprofit’s tax records, as long as those records were filed digitally — which according to the IRS covers about two-thirds of nonprofit tax filings in recent years.

The new feature contains every electronically filed Form 990, 990-PF and 990-EZ released by the IRS from 2011 to date — nearly 3 million filings. The search does not include forms filed on paper.

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