Archive for the ‘Non-Profit’ Category

IRS E-File Bucket – Internet Archive

Saturday, June 18th, 2016

IRS E-File Bucket courtesy of Carl Malamud and Public.Resource.Org.

From the webpage:

This bucket contains a mirror of the IRS e-file release as of June 16, 2016. You may access the source files at https://aws.amazon.com/public-data-sets/irs-990/. The present bucket may or may not be updated in the future.

To access this bucket, use the download links.

Note that tarballs is image scans from 2002-2015 are also available in this IRS 990 Forms collection.

Many thanks to the Internal Revenue Service for making this information available. Here is their announcement on June 16, 2016. Here is a statement from Public.Resource.Org congratulating the IRS on a job well done.

As I noted in IRS 990 Filing Data (2001 to date):

990* disclosures aren’t detailed enough to pinch but when combined with other data, say leaked data, the results can be remarkable.

It’s up to you to see that public disclosures pinch.

IRS 990 Filing Data (2001 to date)

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

IRS 990 Filing Data Now Available as an AWS Public Data Set

From the post:

We are excited to announce that over one million electronic IRS 990 filings are available via Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3). Filings from 2011 to the present are currently available and the IRS will add new 990 filing data each month.

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Form 990 is the form used by the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to gather financial information about nonprofit organizations. By making electronic 990 filing data available, the IRS has made it possible for anyone to programmatically access and analyze information about individual nonprofits or the entire nonprofit sector in the United States. This also makes it possible to analyze it in the cloud without having to download the data or store it themselves, which lowers the cost of product development and accelerates analysis.

Each electronic 990 filing is available as a unique XML file in the “irs-form-990” S3 bucket in the AWS US East (N. Virginia) region. Information on how the data is organized and what it contains is available on the IRS 990 Filings on AWS Public Data Set landing page.

Some of the forms and instructions that will help you make sense of the data reported:

990 – Form 990 Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax, Annual Form 990 Requirements for Tax-Exempt Organizations

990-EZ – 2015 Form 990-EZ, Instructions for IRS 990 EZ – Internal Revenue Service

990-PF – 2015 Form 990-PF, 2015 Instructions for Form 990-PF

As always, use caution with law related data as words may have unusual nuances and/or unexpected meanings.

These forms and instructions are only a tiny part of a vast iceberg of laws, regulations, rulings, court decisions and the like.

990* disclosures aren’t detailed enough to pinch but when combined with other data, say leaked data, the results can be remarkable.

Search Nonprofit Tax Forms

Friday, May 10th, 2013

ProPublica Launches Online Tool to Search Nonprofit Tax Forms by Doug Donovan.

From the post:

The investigative-journalism organization ProPublica started a free online service today for searching the federal tax returns of more than 615,000 nonprofits.

ProPublica began building its Nonprofit Explorer tool on its Web site shortly after the Internal Revenue Service announced in April that it was making nonprofit tax returns available in a digital, searchable format.

ProPublica’s database provides nonprofit Form 990 information free back to 2001, including executive compensation, total revenue, and other critical financial data

Scott Klein, editor of news applications at ProPublica, said Nonprofit Explorer is not meant to replace GuideStar, the most familiar online service for searching nonprofit tax forms. Many search results on Nonprofit Explorer also offer links to GuideStar data.

“They have a much richer tool set,” Mr. Klein said.

For now, Nonprofit Explorer does not include the tax forms filed by private foundations but is expected to do so in a future update.

I guess copy limitations prevented reporting the URL for the ProPublica’s Nonprofit Explorer.

Another place to look for smoke even if you are unlikely to find fire.

Data Without Borders

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Data Without Borders

From the blog site:

Data Without Borders seeks to match non-profits in need of data analysis with freelance and pro bono data scientists who can work to help them with data collection, analysis, visualization, or decision support.

Would not be a bad place to show off your topic maps skills and the results of using them!