Non-profit Organization

An organization that uses surplus revenues to achieve its goals rather than distributing them as profit or dividends.

Category Name and Code
Name REMS Category 
Business Related/Interest Group 5
Foundation/Charitable Trust 6
Charitable Organization 7

Business Related/Interest Group

Non-profit organization sponsored by one or more businesses or other entities engaged in activities for profit, including: corporate foundations, industry or trade associations; and professional, union, or lobbying organizations. For US Nonprofits, any organization not defined as 501(c)(3).

National Pork Producers Council
National Association for Biomedical Research
Infectious Diseases Society of America

Foundation/Charitable Trust

Non-profit foundations or charitable trusts, as defined in The Foundation Directory excluding corporate foundations, and including funds or endowments designated by the Internal Revenue Service as private grant-making foundations, community foundations, family foundations, and charitable trusts. New codes are not assigned to this category; previously created codes remain assigned to this category.

Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation 
Deer Creek Foundation 

Charitable Organization

All new sponsor codes for charitable organizations are assigned to this category, unless the entity is found to be Business Related/Interest Group. For US Nonprofits, any organization with IRS tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code falls under this category. For non-profit entities outside of the US, a sponsor code will generally be linked to this category.

North County Health Services 
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 

Verifying an Organization's Non-Profit Status

Entities in the United States must have active IRS tax-exempt status. You can use the IRS Tax Exempt Organization Search or GuideStar to verify an entity's non-profit status. (Note that some non-profit entities, such as religious organizations or homeowners' associations, may not appear in these databases. Please contact for assistance in researching these entities.) The U.S. non-profit’s state business registry information can be used to verify the exact legal name of the organization.

Verifying the non-profit status of entities outside the United States can be more difficult as many countries do not have a searchable central registry of non-profit organizations and, as such, non-profits located in those countries typically are validated through third-party sources. However, national non-profit databases are available for the following countries/areas (please note that some may not be available in English and will require in-browser translation):