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Nonprofit Organization Research: Home

A guide to starting nonprofit organization research.

What Is A Nonprofit?

A group, organization, institution or corporation formed to provide goods and/or services for a charitable, educational, religious, literary or scientific purpose. Nonprofits' assets are usually donated by companies, foundations or individuals who do not expect to be repaid. These contributions are tax deductible.

If a nonprofit meets the requirements of the Internal Revenue Service's Code, section 501(c)(3), it can obtain tax-exempt status, and does not pay federal or state income taxes.

Glossary of Terms

For an in-depth glossary of terms to use when writing and thinking about nonprofits, check out GrantSpace's glossary of foundation, nonprofit, and fundraising terminology. 

Library Databases

The NYIT Library offers students access to many databases full of trustworthy, vetted, and peer-reviewed sources, including articles, reports, and much more. 

The following databases are suggested for use when conducting research for or about nonprofit organizations. 

Suggested Databases
Statista One of the world’s largest statistics portals providing access to relevant data from over 18,000 sources. Great for finding in-depth reports and statistics.
CQ Researcher Great for current events and issues, useful for creating PEST 
Opposing Viewpoints in Context Great for current events and issues, useful for creating PEST 
ProQuest Central Great for finding up to date news articles from newspapers like the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, also great for general research
Encyclopedia of Associations Detailed information concerning nonprofit American membership organizations of national scope, and multinational associations


Online Tools

When researching nonprofits, students may need information about managing, starting, or funding nonprofits. Students may also need to know demographics and statistics about the population the nonprofit is serving. For more in-depth guidance on finding statistics, visit the NYIT Statistical Resources LibGuide

Tools for Finding Nonprofit Information
GuideStar Search GuideStar for complete, up-to-date data on thousands of nonprofits
National Council of Nonprofits: Nonprofit Sector Trends Great for information about nonprofits
New York State Associations, Nonprofits Great for finding information about nonprofits in NY State
NYC Nonprofits Resource for finding information about nonprofits in NYC Nonprofits Official government website with information about starting a nonprofit in the U.S.  
NCSS Nonprofit FAQ The NCSS (National Center for Charitable Statistics) FAQ for organization, management, regulation, resources and development of nonprofits
Idealist: Resources for Nonprofit Organizations Information and resources about nonprofits 

NYC Service

Resource for finding volunteers and nonprofits in NYC 
Tools for Finding Demographics & Statistics
US Census Great for finding demographics in the United States
American FactFinder Great for finding facts, statistics, and demographics from the US Census
Pew Research Great for finding statistics and reports about all subjects
Urban Institute  Great for finding statistics, reports, data visualizations and policy debates. 

PEST Analysis

A PEST analysis is a business measurement tool useful for understanding market growth or decline, and as such the position, potential and direction for a business.


P olitical

E conomic

S ocial

T echnological 


Use this template to create a PEST for a nonprofit organization or business!

SWOT Analysis

A SWOT analysis is a business measurement tool useful for reviewing strategy, position and direction of a company or business proposition.

S trengths

W eaknesses

O pportunities

T hreats 


Use this template to create a SWOT for a nonprofit organization or business!

Library Books

Books about managing, researching, and fundraising for nonprofit organizations that are available in the NYIT Library. Click the book's link for details!

Journal Locator

If you need to find a specific publication one of the most powerful tools on the library's website is the NYIT Journal Locator.

Search the NYIT Journal Locator by subject to discover journals and magazines that NYIT holds. Publications held in both the print collection and electronic collections are indexed.

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