Resources for Identifying and Researching Nonprofits to Support

Resources for Identifying and Researching Nonprofits to Support

The nonprofits we feature in this toolkit are exemplars of how to create high impact, but they are just the beginning. Once you have chosen a cause area and impact goal, the information sources and organizations on the next few pages will help you find other nonprofits and conduct research on their leadership, programs, and impact potential. First, we feature a few newer resources that can help you measure nonprofits by a framework for reducing inequality. Next, we suggest databases and organizations for conducting due diligence, researching cause areas, and responding to disasters.  

Research on Cause Areas and Programs

CHIP has created issue guidance on topics including early childhood education, mental health, strengthening democracy, and improving the lives of women and girls. You can also explore additional cause areas or take a deeper dive into the causes that interest you with the following resources.  

Nonprofit Due Diligence

It’s your right as a funder to conduct some due diligence before committing your funds to a particular nonprofit organization or response fund. If you want to comb through nonprofit’s 990s, find evidence of impact, and look for red flags, the following can help.  

  • Candid (GuideStar and Foundation Center) – World’s largest source of information on nonprofits and foundations 
  • Charity Navigator – Rates nonprofits on financial health, accountability, and transparency 
  • GiveWell – Rates nonprofits based on empirical data, cost-effectiveness, and capacity for increased funding 
  • Great Nonprofits – Community-sourced stories about nonprofits, written by donors, volunteers, and beneficiaries 
  • Impact Genome Registry – Database that registers and verifies impact data from nonprofits, social enterprises, and government programs 
  • The Life You Can Save – Nonprofits that aid the global poor vetted for record of effectiveness 
  • Mutual Aid Hub – Lists mutual aid and community organizations in the U.S and Canada  outside of licensed organizations and create networks of volunteers and recipients  

Disaster Relief

Climate- and weather-related disasters and floods have been rising in both incidence and gravity. At the same time, communities face urgent man-made disasters including armed conflict, mass shootings, and refugee and migrant crises. Ensuring a more secure future requires considering all four stages of disaster response: initial response, recovery, risk mitigation, and preparedness. To learn more, refer to CHIP’s disaster response guidance  or visit the resources below.