How to Perform a 501(c)(3) Lookup

Written by True Tamplin, BSc, CEPF® | Reviewed by Editorial Team

Updated on December 14, 2022

How to Look Up a 501(c)(3) Organization

The easiest way to look up a 501(c)(3) organization is by using the IRS's search tool:

https://apps.irs.gov/app/eos/

It's typically easier to search for an organization by name. Toggle the "Search By" field from "Employer Identification Number (EIN)" to "Organization Name" as shown in the screenshot below:

IRS 501c3 Lookup Screenshot

After searching the organization's name, you will be able to view their recent filings with the IRS, such as their Form 990N.

The IRS regularly publishes data related to ongoing 501(c)(3) organizations in an easy to search format on their website. Much of the information about any particular 501(c)(3) is public, and the IRS publishes a list of active organizations, form 990 returns, and more.

501(c)(3) Lookup FAQs

What is a 501(c)(3) organization?

A 501(c)(3) organization is a non-profit organization with tax exempt status that is dedicated to the general well-being of society.

How do I do a 501(c)(3) lookup?

The IRS regularly publishes data related to ongoing 501(c)(3) organizations in an easy to search format on their website.

Is a 501(c)(3) organization tax exempt?

A 501(c)(3) organization is tax exempt so long as it remains true to its stated mission and remains compliant with the IRS.

What does 501(c)(3) mean?

501(c)(3) is the internal revenue code (IRC) section for organizations with tax exempt status. 501(c)(3) falls under internal revenue code 501(c).

How to I perform a 501(c) organization lookup?

The easiest way to look up a 501(c)(3) is by using the IRS's search tool: https://apps.irs.gov/app/eos/

About the Author

True Tamplin, BSc, CEPF®

True Tamplin is a published author, public speaker, CEO of UpDigital, and founder of Finance Strategists.

True is a Certified Educator in Personal Finance (CEPF®), author of The Handy Financial Ratios Guide, a member of the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing, contributes to his financial education site, Finance Strategists, and has spoken to various financial communities such as the CFA Institute, as well as university students like his Alma mater, Biola University, where he received a bachelor of science in business and data analytics.

To learn more about True, visit his personal website, view his author profile on Amazon, or check out his speaker profile on the CFA Institute website.

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