Nonprofit Data Could Be The Missing Piece In Your CSR Strategy

Companies with ambitious social impact goals need trusted sources of nonprofit data. Learn why many companies are turning to a new nonprofit database with streamlined information of more than 9.6 million nonprofits in 75 countries.


As corporations become more global, employees and customers are craving more localized approaches to corporate giving.

Many employees are asking their companies to work with nonprofits supporting the areas where they live and work. This request can be challenging for companies with teams scattered across states and countries as remote work continues.

How can companies show their employees they care about their community, family, and mental health without spending weeks researching reliable, vetted nonprofits for an ever-increasing list of cities, states, and countries?

Companies need a trusted nonprofit database to make CSR programs viable.

However, not every list of registered charities is created equal. Companies also need streamlined nonprofit data to discern whether the nonprofits on these charity lists are viable matches for their CSR program.

Why is streamlined nonprofit data so important?

To gain a sense of the complexity involved in CSR programs, take three countries’ unique nonprofit data stories for example:

  • France has eight foundations types across multiple registries.

    When you also consider that France is one of the oldest countries in the world, and its nonprofit sector predates its for-profit sector, you can imagine how…extensive a search for registered nonprofits in France might become.

  • Brazil’s Receita Federal holds nonprofit registration in dense files alongside every taxable entity in the country.

    The information on each of those organizations is stored in a 2GB file—the equivalent of a pile of 20,000 documents. Happy searching!

  • In Germany, there is no central registry at all.

    More than 100 individual courts house the registration data for their local nonprofit organizations. If you’ve ever spent a day in line at your local court, you can imagine what it takes to pull those records.

So, what can be done for the eager CSR manager who would rather be working with people and causes instead of spending hours staring at spreadsheets?

The answer lies in the data—more specifically, in a robust nonprofit database that lists more than 9.6 million registered charities in 75 countries in a streamlined, user-friendly format. Does such a wonder exist?

Enter GlobalGiving Atlas—the most complete and trusted database of nonprofits in the world.

GlobalGiving Atlas includes everything from government ID numbers, mission statements, and organization financials. It combines government data, public information, and other reliable records to give the most comprehensive virtual map of nonprofits from Afghanistan to Yemen. For every country in GlobalGiving Atlas, nonprofit data is consolidated and streamlined so it is accessible via API, JSON, or CSV to fit any case.


Companies like Blackbaud, Twitter, and already leverage this data to fuel amazing philanthropic projects. As more creative minds engage with the database, the uses will continue to evolve.

What exactly can a CSR manager do with all this information?

1. Connect employees with nonprofits near them.

Imagine the joy an employee might find in joining their team to volunteer for an organization in their hometown. Picture their excitement at getting approval to donate software to an inspiring nonprofit down their street.

2. Help your users recommend new nonprofit partners.

Philanthropy platforms can build this data into their sourcing tools. That allows individual donors to save time while combing records to find organizations to support. And it multiplies impact immensely!

3. Learn the local philanthropic sector.

A growing company acquiring a start-up in a foreign market can use this data to help research the giving landscape in their new location and help new employees bring their favorite organizations under their CSR umbrella.

By simplifying hundreds of data sources into a single format through GlobalGiving Atlas and putting core data at the fingertips of companies and individuals, we can create more pathways to resourcing community-led change—which is our true reason for inventing GlobalGiving Atlas.

Every company that uses GlobalGiving Atlas can deepen our knowledge about nonprofits around the world—multiplying the ability to do good for your team and communities around the world.

Learn more about how GlobalGiving Atlas can support your global nonprofit data needs.


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