Here are a number of online resources that you can use to identify a
wide variety of community organizations:
Economic Research Institute
Non Profit Organization Information
ERI maintains an extensive database of non-profit organizations in the
US, and makes the information available through a website search
Enter [ a ] in the Organization Name field, and select the option for
"Beginning with the above text".
Select a state from the pull-down menu (alternatively, you can enter a
city or zip code to further focus the results.
You can also select from a variety of organization codes:
These are self-explanatory, and will narrow the results to specific
types of organizations, such as churches, or health-related groups.
This will retrieve all the organizations in the selected state
beginning with the letter "a"...there will be several hundred for a
For instance, a search in Rhode Island for ALL organizations beginning
with the letter 'a' produces 636 results. The first ten look like
A I A R I ARCHITECTURAL FORUM (300020074)
WARWICK, RI 02887
A J DEBLOIS FAMILY FOUNDATION (050520897)
WARREN, RI 02885
A KIDS PLACE AT NINIGRET PARK INC (050480268)
CHARLESTOWN, RI 02813
A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN INC (050516751)
PROVIDENCE, RI 02908
A MILES HERROLD TRUSR UW FBO NORTHFIELD MOUNT HERMON SCHOOL (046502498)
PROVIDENCE, RI 02901
A NEW LEAF (222529900)
PROVIDENCE, RI 02906
A PLACE TO GROW INC (050464008)
WAKEFIELD, RI 02879
A PRO LIFE GATHERING INCORPORATED (050384215)
PROVIDENCE, RI 02905
A RAY OF HOPE (050512926)
CHARLESTOWN, RI 02813
A T CROSS COMPANY WELFARE PLAN TRUST (050475565)
LINCOLN, RI 02865
Click on any organization's name for additional information on the
group. For instance, clicking on listing #2 takes you to:
A J DEBLOIS FAMILY FOUNDATION
61 BAGY WRINKLE COVE
WARREN, RI 02885-4116
The page includes a lot of information, such as:
Clicking on the tabs at the top of the page provide even more information.
Repeat for the other letters of the alphabet, and you're all set.
Another great resource is the online Yellow Pages.
There are several to choose from, but I've found SuperPages to be one of the best:
In the "Keyword" box enter [ community ] and in the "Location" box
enter your state (or city or zip) of choice.
For instance, using MA as a sample state, I received the following results:
Community & Civic Organizations (3771)
Government Offices (499)
Special Interest Organizations (691)
County Government Offices (2)
Retirement Communities & Homes (125)
You can click on any of the above to get to the listings, or you can
scroll down the page for more details. For instance, the 3,000+
listings in the Community & Civic Organizations category are broken
out as follows:
Community & Civic Organizations (3771)
Special Interest (691)
Peace Organizations (21)
Singles Organizations (22)
Boys' & Girls' Scouts' Uniforms & Supplies (3)
Women's Organizations (53)
Historical Organizations (28)
Missing Persons Organizations (1)
Gay & Lesbian Organizations (28)
Fraternal Organizations (453)
and so on.
The listings themselves look like this:
Polish American Club
Cone Avenue, Housatonic, MA 01236
Irish Social Club of Boston
119 Park Street, West Roxbury, MA 02132
Polish Falcon Club
32 Bel Air Avenue, Pittsfield, MA 01201
and by clicking on "business profile", you'll get a phone number and
additional information for the group.
Another great resource is the Idealist.org search function run by
Action Without Borders:
This is an international resource, but there are plenty of listings in
the US. For instance, selecting US for the country, and Oklahoma for
the state yields:
Organizations in oklahoma United States
138 results found
The listings look like this:
1. Agape Pregnancy Center of Miami Oklahoma
The Agape Pregnancy Center is an outreach ministry of the area
churches that demonstrates the unconditional love and compassion of
Jesus Christ in the community - A demonstration of God's power to meet
the needs of those who are drawn by God to the APC. ...
2. Alpha Kappa Delta Phi at the Univeristy of Oklahoma
We are an organization at The University of Oklahoma. Our purpose is
to promote Asian Awareness, Community Service, Leadership, and
Scholarship within the Community and University. We want to be
involved as much as possible and be diverse in the community..
3. Altus Animal Aid, Inc.
Making A Difference One Pet at a Time! Altus Animal Aid, Inc. is a
non-profit organization working with the Altus Animal Control
Shelter,Lawton Animal Control,Wilbarger Humane Society in Vernon,
TX.,Texoma Area Rescues and Humane Societies, American Red ...
and, again, clicking on the organization's name will take you to a
page with additional information:
Altus Animal Aid, Inc.
1040 Box Street,
Altus, Oklahoma, 73521
A link to an email address is also provided.
I trust these resources will fully meet your needs. However, if
there's anything more I can do for you, just let me know by posting a
Request for Clarification, and I'm at your service.
search strategy -- used bookmarked sites for non-profits
Clarification of Answer by
14 Jul 2006 15:41 PDT
Thanks for getting back to me.
Both the ERI and the Superpages databases are very "tunable" for a
wide variety of organizations.
I'm not 100% clear about which sorts of groups you do and don't want
out of ERI, but if you play around a bit with the options, I think
you'll find a large number of organizations will hit the nail on the
head for your needs.
For instance, by selecting "Inner City or Community Activities" under
the Activity Code, and selecting Kansas as the state, I get more than
500 groups, beginning with:
ABBYVILLE BOOSTER CLUB (510193908)
ABBYVILLE, KS 67510
ADVICE & AID PREGNANCY CENTERS INC (481055953)
SHAWNEE, KS 66214
AFFORDABLE HOUSING SERVICES OF TOPEKA INC (481116000)
TOPEKA, KS 66604
AJAX INC (480958976)
GLASCO, KS 67445
ALLEN COUNTY CRIME STOPPERS PROGRAM INC (481151921)
IOLA, KS 66749
ALLEN-LAMBE HOUSE FOUNDATION (480889364)
WICHITA, KS 67208
ALMA VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT (486112589)
ALMA, KS 66401
AMERICAN INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE ASSOCIATION (481115701)
HAYSVILLE, KS 67060
ARGONIA VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT (486115965)
ARGONIA, KS 67004
ARKANSAS CITY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE INC (480123860)
ARKANSAS CITY, KS 67005
For the most part, these are very local level, active,
Does that help?
If not, please let me know a bit more specifically what types of
groups you're most interested in.