Our Challenges Getting the Data
The data we have on Austin nonprofits came from public records available on the IRS website. The IRS data was of two varieties:
1) individual PDF forms that are images (no text characters) or
2) a firehose of XML data for the entire country.
There are about 10,000 records. Approximately 40% of the nonprofits have gone out of business or lost their nonprofit status as a result of failing to file in a timely manor.
Our search tools allow you to scan nonprofit names for key words that may hint of their mission or target population. We don't have the resources to review the IRS 990 forms to capture that information. It is preferrable that the executive director(s) do that themselves.
RECOMMENDATION: Search for nonprofits using our keyword search tool. There are "spelling errors" for some records. Trade names do not follow a spell check rules. "Pets4U" is a valid corporate name but will not show up searching for "pets".
The IRS search tool displays the formally submitted return. the Employer Identification Number (EIN) on our search tool will quickly return the records for that nonprofit. The information at the IRS site may include the long Form 990 or the postcard version acceptable for small organizations with revenue below $50,000.