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Q:
Where can I find out who has donated money to a particular nonprofit organization?
A:
Individual donations

According to the IRS:

The list of donors filed with Form 990 is specifically excluded from the information available for public inspection, except for donors to private foundations and political organizations.

This means that trying to learn who has donated to a particular nonprofit can be challenging. However, some nonprofits may thank their donors, particularly major donors, in public documents, like annual reports, newsletters, or their web sites. But be aware that these donor lists may not be comprehensive or indicate the donation amount.

Foundation Center libraries and some Funding Information Network locations subscribe to databases that can help in researching individual donors. Check your nearest location for availability.

Again, these resources will not necessarily be comprehensive for all nonprofits or donors since availability of data largely depends on how much information a nonprofit or donor will disclose voluntarily.

To learn about donors who have contributed to private foundations, you can search the Trustees, Officers, and Donors field in Foundation Directory Online or in Foundation Center print directories.

Foundation and corporate donations

Information on foundation and corporate donors typically is more accessible. Private foundations, including private corporate foundations, must publicly disclose all of their grants in their annual tax filings.

Direct corporate giving is not subject to the same public disclosure rules, but corporations might share who they support in order to build their community image.

You can research donations or grants from foundations and corporations with the following resources:

See also our related Knowledge Base articles:

- How can I learn about researching and cultivating individual donors?
- How can I find information about a particular (non-grantmaking) charity?
- Where can I find an organization’s Form 990 or 990-PF?

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