Frequently Asked Questions

What is Nonprofit Search?

Kansas City’s Nonprofit Search provides access to in-depth information about area nonprofits, including financial, governance and programmatic details. Powered by GuideStar, and supported by the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation staff, the database is the largest collection of Kansas City area nonprofits available.

This powerful philanthropic tool is a resource for nonprofits, donors, funders or anyone interested in the programs provided by our vibrant nonprofit community. The database is free and open to the public.

What does the Reviewed icon mean?

The “Reviewed” icon indicates that the nonprofit completed a profile application and provided financial data to the Community Foundation for review.

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What does the Declined to Update icon mean?

The “Declined to Update” icon means the organization has not provided update information in over 13 months.

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How do I search for organizations in Nonprofit Search?

You may search the Nonprofit Search database from the Nonprofit Search homepage by entering an agency’s name, by choosing the Advanced Search option, or by selecting an agency from the View All Nonprofits link. For an Advanced Search, you may identify your interests by keywords, geographic area or organization classifications.

Where does the information come from?

Profile narrative information is voluntarily provided by nonprofits. The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation staff reviews the information including financial data. The Community Foundation does not guarantee the accuracy of that data, make any representation or warranties with regarding to nonprofits in the database, or verify they are in compliance with all state and federal requirements.

Information provided in the financial charts and graphs is entered by Community Foundation staff. The Community Foundation reviews the IRS Form 990s, audits and other financial documents provided by the nonprofits. A nonprofit Executive Director or CEO has an opportunity to comment in the financial section. The comments can be helpful in understanding nuanced financial trends and changes within an organization.

Why are some nonprofits not profiled in Nonprofit Search?

Nonprofit Search features profiles of 501(c)(3) public charities serving and/or located in the Greater Kansas City area. If your favorite organization is missing, we welcome the opportunity to help them complete a profile. Please ask the organization to request a profile by emailing nonprofitsearch@growyourgiving.org

What is GuideStar?

Nonprofit Search is powered by GuideStar. GuideStar connects people and organizations with information on programs and financials of more than 1.7 million IRS-recognized nonprofits. GuideStar serves a wide audience inside and outside the nonprofit sector including individual donors, nonprofit leaders, grant makers, government officials, academic research and the media. The website receives more than 10 million visitors a year.

Does the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation endorse organizations?

The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation does not endorse or recommend nonprofit organizations.

Can I print a Nonprofit Search profile?

Yes, visit any public nonprofit profile on Nonprofit Search and click the “View Printable Profile” or “View Printable Summary” link to create a printer-friendly PDF file of the nonprofit’s profile. The printable profile can easily be saved, shared or printed.

How are profiles displayed?

Each profile is divided into seven sections:

Summary: Provides a general overview of the agency.

Contact Information: Contact information.

Mission & Areas Served: Provides mission, history, prior fiscal year successes, current fiscal year goals, and statements from the CEO and/or board chairman.

Programs:Features up to five programs offered by the agency. Program information includes a general description, indication of the population served, and program success measures.

Staff & Management: Biographic information about CEO, listing of senior staff, and general statistics regarding staff and volunteers.

Board & Governance: List of the agency’s board of directors and information about governance policies.

Financials: Includes current budget projections and a three-year financial analysis. The comments section indicates what financial documents were used to produce the analysis.