GrantSafe is a free online service specifically for private foundations that lets you quickly and easily confirm the IRS exempt status of any public charity before making a grant.
IRS regulations require that private foundations verify the exempt status of any 501(c)(3) public charity before making a grant, to ensure it is currently in good standing with the IRS. The most accurate and comprehensive source for this information is the IRS Business Master File (BMF). While the BMF is publicly available, it is neither simple nor easy for an individual to decipher. GrantSafe’s proprietary technology eliminates that hassle and complication. Finding an organization is now as easy as typing in the organization’s name or tax ID number. A green check mark or red “X” instantly tells you the status. For verified public charities, it takes just a few mouse clicks, and you can print or save a date-stamped Validation Certificate for your files, as required by the IRS.