May 19, 2022

Research Tools: ProPublica Adds “People Search” to Non-Profit Explorer Database

From Scott Klein at ProPublica:

Today we’re launching a new feature in our Nonprofit Explorer database. You can now search for board members and key employees who work at nonprofit organizations by name. The database includes everyone listed on nonprofit tax returns filed electronically between 2014 and 2017. The data includes each person’s reported title and base compensation.


You can click through from the search results right to the Form 990 with that name listed. For those familiar with nonprofit disclosures, the search returns data from a field filled out by nonprofits in their IRS Form 990 tax returns called “Compensation of Officers, Directors, Trustees, Key Employees, Highest Compensated Employees, and Independent Contractors.”


The data was extracted from the huge IRS data release by Jacob Fenton, who is publishing an open source project based on the work he did for Nonprofit Explorer, along with a trove of reference materials.


The Nonprofit Explorer people search is available for the years released as raw data by the IRS. So while we have nonprofit information going back to at least 2012, people search only goes back to filings from 2014. You may find older tax years in people search because sometimes nonprofits file or amend returns from previous years.

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Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.