Why do charity EINs matter?

EIN plate 12-3456789While two charities may have very similar names, no two charities will have the same EIN (federal employer identification number).

  • Because each charity has its own EIN, EINs are a great way to avoid confusion among charities.
  • EINs are the fastest way to research specific charities.
  • EINs are the quickest way to check whether an organization is actually a charity — and accordingly to avoid “charity” scams.

We encourage charities to prominently display their EINs, to help donors find charities and avoid “charity” scams.

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