We organize our nonprofit campaigns into the following categories. Please note that some nonprofits may fit within more than one category; we have included suggestions for the type of IRS classifications that may fit within each category (ie. 501(c)(2) • 509(a)(1)…) but these are merely a suggestion (and are not all-inclusive) and may or may not fit your charitable organization accurately.*
Developmental nonprofits refer to those that focus on education and research efforts. Educational nonprofits promote intellectual development and learning, these include preschools, post-graduate schools, and adult learning programs. They also include organizations offering vocational and technical training, scholarships, literacy programs, parent-teacher groups, libraries, student organizations, and schools for students with special needs. • 501(c)(3, 5)
Research nonprofits promote technology, science, and social science institutes. These nonprofits include those focused on engineering, or computer science; chemistry, astronomy, or other physical science; marine biology, physiology, or other biological science; anthropology, international law, political science, economics, or other social science; also interdisciplinary fields, such as ethnic studies, labor studies, gerontology, and urban studies. • 501(c)(3)
Environmental nonprofits refer to those that focus on agricultural, environmental and animal welfare efforts. Environmental nonprofits focus on the reclamation and preservation of natural resources and promote the beautification of the world around us. These organizations include botanical gardens, parks, nature centers, conservation and clean-up efforts, climate-conscious programs, agricultural facilities, recycling programs, garden clubs, and wetlands management. • 501(c)(3, 5)
Animal welfare nonprofits promote proper animal care and educational/awareness programs; including humane societies and SPCAs, veterinary organizations, bird and wildlife sanctuaries, fisheries, animal-training facilities, zoos, exotic and domestic animal sanctuaries, and facilities dedicated to animal conservation efforts. • 501(c)(3, 5)
Health nonprofits refer to a broad range of organizations that are concerned with the mind or body; these include hospitals, diseases and disease research programs, substance abuse and additional treatment programs, specialty research, medical disciplines, mental health, and crisis services. • 501(c)(3) • 501(e)
Humanities refers to nonprofits that are focused on the arts, culture, and other organizations that bring the performing arts to the public; preserve and commemorate the events, places, and cultures that created and continue to shape the nation; and promote the distribution of ideas. These organizations range from small historical societies to internationally renowned art museums, major theatrical venues to charities that bring the arts into schools to promote scholastic achievement, as well as major broadcasting services to local-access radio and television. • 501(c)(3)
Institutions refers to organizations such as Community and Private Foundations, Trusts, Associations, Cooperative Organizations, and public charitable institutions. These can include credit unions and mutual reserve funds, business leagues, chambers of commerce, real estate boards, cooperative organizations for financing crop operations, domestic fraternal societies, insurance associations, as well as benefits and pension trusts. • 501(c)(1, 2, 3, 6, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 26) • 509(a)(1, 2, 3, 4)
International refers to NGOs (non-governmental organizations) that focus their efforts outside U.S. borders or are headquartered in one country but work in other countries; in some cases, they overlap with other types of charities. International NGOs include international development organizations, disaster relief and humanitarian efforts, human rights advocates, peace and security nonprofits, child sponsorship, conservation, and organizations that promote international understanding all fall into this category.
Nonprofits in this category may not have been classified by the IRS, or have not yet provided Charhub with information about the type of work that they do — or proper IRS classification within which their organization belongs. Any nonprofits listed in this section are welcome to update their information on Charhub’s Platform by editing their campaign or contacting customer support at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that there are no fees for updating information or claiming an existing campaign.
Public refers to nonprofits of community and societal benefit that work in the areas of civil rights, civil liberties, philanthropy and volunteerism, community improvement, and voter education and registration. These can also include programs to assist veterans and military families, life insurance providers, pension and retirement funds, unemployment compensation organizations, employee associations, cemeteries, and fraternal groups. • 501(c)(3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 15, 19, 23, 26, 27)
Religious refers to nonprofits that encompass houses of worship for the world’s major religions; including (but not limited to) Christianity—both Protestantism and Catholicism— Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. Religious print and broadcast nonprofits as well as organizations dedicated to interfaith issues. • 501(c)(3) • 501(d)
Services refers to nonprofits that focus on human services and aid; such as help feed the hungry, house the homeless, provide job training, assist crime victims and offenders, maintain playgrounds and athletic fields, help people prepare for and recover from disasters, act as advocates for children, and offer programs to help youth mature into individuals who contribute to society. • 501(c)(3, 4)
*If you are creating a campaign, please note that it is your sole responsibility to choose the correct classification for your nonprofit organization so that it can be more readily found by potential contributors.