Saturday, November 11, 2023

990 Data Repository Goes Live

Download (16)From an email sent by the Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation:

A centralized repository of raw 990 data is now freely accessible to the nonprofit sector! Through the GivingTuesday 990 Data Infrastructure Site, this Data Lake provides the sector with timely, consistent, and complete 990 data, supporting much-needed foundational infrastructure for US nonprofits.

As the first stage of our sector-leading collaboration announced in August, the Data Lake is a centralized and regularly updated dataset built to serve the sector's 990 needs. 990 tax form data is a core pillar of knowledge and accountability in the US nonprofit sector and until recently, this information was either difficult to access or unsuitable for the majority of the nonprofit sector.

Although this is just the first iteration of a broader, multi-stage project, it would not have been possible without the generous support of Schwab Charitable and the collaborative efforts of GivingTuesday, the Aspen Institute’s Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation (PSI), Charity Navigator, CitizenAudit, the Urban Institute, ProPublica’s Nonprofit Explorer, and Candid.

We’re excited about the next steps and opportunities for this project, which will include an automated pipeline that pulls in data as soon as it's released by the IRS, online tools to work with and investigate 990 data, precut datasets for facilitated use, and a relational datastore to facilitate and empower future research. We welcome input as we continue to improve and strengthen the dataset, working towards our goal of making 990 data accessible and useful to the sector at large.

Lloyd Mayer

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