The IRS requires all U.S. tax-exempt nonprofits to make public their three most recent Form 990 or 990-PF annual returns (commonly called "990s") and all related supporting documents. They must also make public their Form 1023, which organizations file when they apply for tax-exempt status.

Below are some ways you can get an organization's 990s. Please note, it can take a year to 18 months from the end of an organization's fiscal year to when its latest Form 990 is available online.

GuideStar, 990 Finder or Foundation Directory Online Quick Start are Candid's free online tools, searchable by name, location, EIN, and more. You can find 990s from the last 3 years.

Foundation Directory Online subscription plans also link to 990s. For most grantmakers, you can find 990s for the last 10 years. This database is available by subscription or for free at our Funding Information Network locations.

Websites like Economic Research Institute, and Pro Publica have free search tools to access 990s.

Websites of the Secretary of State or Attorney General where the organization is incorporated. Some states may make 990s and other public documents available online or upon individual request.

Request them from the organization directly. Requests made in person must be fulfilled immediately, or within 30 days for a written request, with no charge other than a reasonable fee to cover photocopying and mailing expenses. Also, check their web site for posted copies.

Request them from the IRS. The IRS generally takes 4-6 weeks to respond, and it may bill you for copying costs.

See also:

How long does it take for Forms 990 to appear on the Center's Web site?

Where can I find historical tax returns and annual reports for foundations?

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