Charities and NTEE-CC codes
NTEE-CC codes are part of the charity classification system (or taxonomy) developed by the National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The NTEE-CC system divides nonprofit organizations into 26 major groups. Note: Because of IRS processing time, some organizations have not yet been assigned a code.
Nonprofits registered with the IRS are assigned a three-character NTEE-CC code, based on the organization’s stated purpose or major activities. A typical NTEE-CC code consists of a letter and a two-digit number (although a few consist of a letter, a one-digit number and another letter). The first character is a letter tied to one of the 26 major groups. Each three-character code is tied to a broadly-described category. A few are shown below. Taking the “A62” code as an example, the “A” signifies the major group (Arts, Culture & Humanities) while the “62” provides more specific category definition (Dance).
|A6C||Bands & Ensembles|
|I31||Half-Way Houses for Offenders & Ex-Offenders|
Finding a charity’s primary NTEE-CC code
Go to our Find a Charity search engine and find the charity. Go to the charity’s Charity Codes (NTEE) tab, where we show its primary NTEE-CC code across from the “Charity code (NTEE) #1” heading. If the charity is not included in our database, go to the NCCS 990 search page and enter the charity’s name, FEIN or other identifying information – if the charity is in the NCCS database, go to the charity’s page and look for “NTEE” under “Organization Details.”
Finding an NTEE-CC code based on keywords
NCCS maintains an online search engine, where you can enter one or more keywords and produce a list of NTEE-CC codes related to them. The search engine is found at http://nccsdataweb.urban.org/PubApps/nteeSearch.php and looks like this:
Using the search engine to search for “elder abuse” produced the following results:
Using an NTEE-CC code to find charities
Go to our Find a Charity page and enter the NTEE-CC code in the Charity Code search box. Your results will be a list of charities with that code.
A note on primary and additional NTEE-CC codes
At times, a charity will adopt one or more NTEE-CC codes in addition to the primary code assigned to it by the IRS. When such codes are found, they are added to our database. If you enter an NTEE-CC code in our Charity Code search box you will find charities where that code is either the primary or an additional NTEE-CC code.