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Introduction

Welcome to the CharityAPI.org API Reference!

Here you'll find the full reference for the CharityAPI.org API, including authentication, error handling, and links to more information where interesting. If you have any questions or requests for API support, please feel free to reach out.

Base URL: https://api.charityapi.org

Authentication

# With shell, you can just pass the correct header with each request
curl "https://api.charityapi.org/api/organizations/search/food" \
  -H "apikey: keyhere"

Make sure to replace keyhere with your API key.

Every call should include a header that looks like the following:

HTTP Header Value
apikey Your API Key

When you register you will receive 2 API Keys; one live (prefixed with live-) and one test (prefixed with test-). Calls with the test key will return validly-shaped but bogus data; you can use it in development but we don't recommend using it for your test suite or CI. For your test suite, please mock or stub out the responses from this API.

Examples:

Type Example Value
Live live-PKDv6IZSgxXEJzGnQLIdDsObIpr1PpA5NQd0VbKh2JZaaTkxsH1X5eRcbsyEiOVhPWOOYVoD3zTrXVyO
Test test-aaRkxsH1X5eRcbsyEiOVhPWOOYVoD3zTrXVyOPKDv6IZSgxXEJzGnQLIdDsObIpr0PpA5NQz0VbQh2JZ

Organizations

Get Nonprofit By EIN

curl "https://api.charityapi.org/api/organizations/:ein" \
  -H "apikey: apikeyhere"

If the EIN / tax ID number matches a nonprofit that's currently listed in the IRS database, it will be returned:

{
  "data": {
     "zip": "20006-1631",
     "tax_period": 201712,
     "subsection": 3,
     "street": "1629 K ST NW STE 300",
     "status": 1,
     "state": "DC",
     "sort_name": null,
     "ruling": 201602,
     "revenue_amt": 81553,
     "pf_filing_req_cd": 0,
     "organization": 1,
     "ntee_cd": "K30",
     "name": "MEANS DATABASE INC",
     "income_cd": 3,
     "income_amt": 81553,
     "ico": "% MARIA ROSE BELDING",
     "group": 0,
     "foundation": 15,
     "filing_req_cd": 1,
     "ein": "474262060",
     "deductibility": 1,
     "classification": 1000,
     "city": "WASHINGTON",
     "asset_cd": 3,
     "asset_amt": 31245,
     "affiliation": 3,
     "activity": 0,
     "acct_pd": 12
  }
}  

If no current nonprofit is found:

{
    "data": null
}

This endpoint retrieves a single nonprofit entry from the currently listed nonprofits in the IRS's Business Master File, indicating they are a nonprofit. This will return both charities and other nonprofits, like political organizations and insurance organizations.

HTTP Request

GET https://api.charityapi.org/api/organizations/:ein

Query Parameters

Parameter Default Description
ein N/A The Tax ID number / Employer Identification Number

Organization Schema

curl "https://api.charityapi.org/api/organizations/schema" \
  -H "apikey: apikeyhere"

Always returns

{
    "acct_pd": "Accounting Period.\n        This designates the accounting period or fiscal year ending date (Jan - Dec) of the organization (MM).",
    "activity": "Description Not Available",
    "affiliation": "Organization Grouping, based on the following split:\n        1: Central - This code is used if the organization is a central type organization (no group exemption) of a National,\n        Regional or Geographic grouping of organizations.\n        2: Intermediate - This code is used if the organization is an intermediate organization (no group exemption) of a\n        National, Regional or Geographic grouping of organizations (such as a state headquarters of a national\n        organization).\n        3: Independent - This code is used if the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary\n        (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).\n        6: Central - This code is used if the organization is a parent (group ruling) and is not a church or 501(c)(1)\n        organization.\n        7: Intermediate - This code is used if the organization is a group exemption intermediate organization of a National,\n        Regional or Geographic grouping of organizations.\n        8: Central - This code is used if the organization is a parent (group ruling) and is a church or 501(c)(1) organization.\n        9: Subordinate - This code is used if the organization is a subordinate in a group ruling.",
    "asset_amt": "Asset Amount.\n        Asset Amount is an amount from the most recent Form 990 series return filed by the organization. Asset Amount is the\n        Book Value Total Assets End of Year - PART X Balance Sheet Line 16 Col. (B) shown on the Form 990. This field is also\n        from PART II, Line 25, Col. (B) EOY on Form 990EZ and PART II, Line 16, Col. (b) on Form 990PF. This field is dollars\n        only.",
    "asset_cd": "Asset Codes relate to the book value amount of assets shown on the most recent Form 990 series return filed by the\n        organization.\n        ASSET CODE/INCOME CODE TABLE\n        Code Description($)\n        0 0\n        1 1 to 9,999\n        2 10,000 to 24,999\n        3 25,000 to 99,999\n        4 100,000 to 499,999\n        5 500,000 to 999,999\n        6 1,000,000 to 4,999,999\n        7 5,000,000 to 9,999,999\n        8 10,000,000 to 49,999,999\n        9 50,000,000 to greater",
    "city": "city",
    "classification": "Subsection Codes are the codes shown under section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, which define the\n        category under which an organization may be exempt. A table of subsection and classification codes (which reflects a\n        further breakdown of the Internal Revenue Code subsections) can be found in the section entitled 'Table of EO Subsection\n        and Classification Codes' (https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-soi/eo_info.pdf). One to four different classification codes may be present.",
    "deductibility": "Deductibility Code signifies whether contributions made to an organization are deductible.\n        1: Contributions are deductible.\n        2: Contributions are not deductible.\n        4: Contributions are deductible by treaty (foreign organizations).",
    "ein": "Employer Identification Number, or Tax ID Number",
    "filing_req_cd": "This indicates the primary return(s) the organization is required to file.\n        01 990 (all other) or 990EZ return\n        02 990 - Required to file Form 990-N - Income less than $25,000 per year\n        03 990 - Group return\n        04 990 - Required to file Form 990-BL, Black Lung Trusts\n        06 990 - Not required to file (church)\n        07 990 - Government 501(c)(1)\n        13 990 - Not required to file (religious organization)\n        14 990 - Not required to file (instrumentalities of states or political subdivisions)\n        00 990 - Not required to file (all other)",
    "foundation": "Foundation Code.\n        00 All organizations except 501(c)(3)\n        02 Private operating foundation exempt from paying excise taxes on investment income\n        03 Private operating foundation (other)\n        04 Private non-operating foundation\n        09 Suspense\n        10 Church 170(b)(1)(A)(i)\n        11 School 170(b)(1)(A)(ii)\n        12 Hospital or medical research organization 170(b)(1)(A)(iii)\n        13 Organization which operates for benefit of college or university and is owned or operated by a governmental\n        unit 170(b)(1)(A)(iv)\n        14 Governmental unit 170(b)(1)(A)(v)\n        15 Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public\n        170(b)(1)(A)(vi)\n        16 Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and\n        unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from\n        contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes. 509(a)(2)\n        17 Organizations operated solely for the benefit of and in conjunction with organizations described in 10 through\n        16 above. 509(a)(3)\n        18 Organization organized and operated to test for public safety 509(a)(4)\n        21 509(a)(3) Type I\n        22 509(a)(3) Type II\n        23 509(a)(3) Type III functionally integrated\n        24 509(a)(3) Type III not functionally integrated",
    "group": "This is a four-digit IRS-internal number assigned to central/parent organizations holding group exemption letters.",
    "ico": "In Care Of - the person to whom correspondence should be addressed.",
    "income_amt": "Income Amount is a computer generated amount from the most recent Form 990 series return filed by the organization.\n        Income Amount is computer generated using PART I, Total Revenue Line 12 and adding 'back in' the expense items, i.e.\n        Line 6b (Rental Expenses) shown on the Form 990 return. On Form 990EZ it is generated using PART I, Line 9 and\n        adding 'back in' the expense items, i.e. Line 5b (Cost or Other Basis Expenses). Income Amount for Form 990PF is\n        generated using Part I, Line 10b (Cost of Goods) and adding Part I, Line 12, Col. (A) (Total Revenue Col. A) and Part IV,\n        Line 1, Col. (G) (Cost or Other Basis). This field is dollars only.",
    "income_cd": "Income Codes relate to the amount of income shown on the most recent Form 990 series return filed by the organization.\n        ASSET CODE/INCOME CODE TABLE\n        Code Description($)\n        0 0\n        1 1 to 9,999\n        2 10,000 to 24,999\n        3 25,000 to 99,999\n        4 100,000 to 499,999\n        5 500,000 to 999,999\n        6 1,000,000 to 4,999,999\n        7 5,000,000 to 9,999,999\n        8 10,000,000 to 49,999,999\n        9 50,000,000 to greater",
    "name": "The name of the organization",
    "ntee_cd": "National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities Code.",
    "organization": "  This defines the type of organization as follows:\n        Code Description\n        1 Corporation\n        2 Trust\n        3 Co-operative\n        4 Partnership\n        5 Association",
    "pf_filing_req_cd": "1 990-PF return\n        0 No 990-PF return",
    "revenue_amt": "Amount from Form 990, Part 1, Line 12, or Part 1, Line 9, of Form 990EZ.",
    "ruling": "This is the month and year (YYYYMM) on a ruling or determination letter recognizing the organization's exempt status.",
    "sort_name": "Sort Name Line is another name under which the organization does business. Also used for trade names, chapter names,\n        or local numbers for subordinate organizations of group rulings. Check this field in addition to the name field when confirming identity.",
    "state": "state",
    "status": "The EO Status Code defines the type of exemption held by the organization. The following is a list of EO status codes and\n        their definitions included in these files:\n         Code Description\n        01 Unconditional Exemption\n        02 Conditional Exemption\n        12 Trust described in section 4947(a)(2) of the IR Code\n        25 Organization terminating its private foundation status under section 507(b)(1)(B) of the Code",
    "street": "Street Address Line 1",
    "subsection": "Subsection Codes are the codes shown under section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, which define the category under which an organization may be exempt. A table of subsection and classification codes (which reflects a further breakdown of the Internal Revenue Code subsections) can be found in the section entitled 'Table of EO Subsection and Classification Codes' (https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-soi/eo_info.pdf). One to four different classification codes may be present.",
    "tax_period": "This is the tax period of the latest return filed (YYYYMM).",
    "zip": "zip code"
}

The special /api/organizations/schema endpoint returns a minimal data dictionary, or field explanation for the organization attributes. This endpoint is designed to make it a little easier to integrate and understand the data elements as a developer, but is not suitable for displaying information to users in production. This data is straight from the IRS explanation.

HTTP Request

GET https://api.charityapi.org/api/organizations/schema

Public Charity Check

Charity Check API

curl "https://api.charityapi.org/api/public_charity_check/:ein" \
  -H "apikey: apikeyhere"

Organization is a charity:

{
    "data": {
        "public_charity": true,
        "ein": "474262060"
    }
}

Organization is not a charity:

{
    "data": {
        "ein": "1",
        "public_charity": false
    }
}

This public charity check makes it simple to confirm whether or not a tax ID number is a real charity and tax deductible. Send the API the tax ID number and it will respond with a simple true/false indicating that organization's current status.

Blog Post Introducing the simple Charity Check API

HTTP Request

GET https://api.charityapi.org/api/public_charity_check/:ein

Query Parameters

Parameter Default Description
ein N/A The Tax ID number / Employer Identification Number

Search Charities

Search Nonprofits and Charities

curl "https://api.charityapi.org/api/organizations/search/:term" \
  -H "apikey: apikeyhere"

Search results are a list of organizations:

{
    "data": [
        {
         "zip": "20006-1631",
         "tax_period": 201712,
         "subsection": 3,
         "street": "1629 K ST NW STE 300",
         "status": 1,
         "state": "DC",
         "sort_name": null,
         "ruling": 201602,
         "revenue_amt": 81553,
         "pf_filing_req_cd": 0,
         "organization": 1,
         "ntee_cd": "K30",
         "name": "MEANS DATABASE INC",
         "income_cd": 3,
         "income_amt": 81553,
         "ico": "% MARIA ROSE BELDING",
         "group": 0,
         "foundation": 15,
         "filing_req_cd": 1,
         "ein": "474262060",
         "deductibility": 1,
         "classification": 1000,
         "city": "WASHINGTON",
         "asset_cd": 3,
         "asset_amt": 31245,
         "affiliation": 3,
         "activity": 0,
         "acct_pd": 12
       },
       {},
       {}
    ]
}

No results returns an empty list:

{
    "data": []
}

Search the ~ 2 million charities by search term. This endpoint requires at least 3 characters to return results, and will return the top results ordered by relevance and charity size.

HTTP Request

GET https://api.charityapi.org/api/organizations/search/:term

Query Parameters

Parameter Default Description
term N/A Search term. URL-encoded.

Errors

Success with "data" key:

{
  "data": {
    "successful": "response",
    "goes": "here"
  }
}

Error with "error" key:

{
  "error": {
    "some": "error",
    "information": "here"
  }
}

Successful responses will always be JSON and include a "data" key.

Data and recoverable errors will be provided in an "error" key.

HTTP Error Codes

Errors will include proper HTTP status codes.

Error Code Meaning
400 Bad Request -- Your request is invalid.
401 Unauthorized -- Your API key is wrong or missing. The API key should be included in an HTTP header called 'apikey'.
403 Forbidden -- Forbidden
404 Not Found -- The specified resource could not be found.
500 Internal Server Error -- We had a problem with our server. Our error logging has caught it. Try again later.
503 Service Unavailable -- We're temporarily offline for maintenance. Please try again later. (note: this should never happen)

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