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17:14

Finding bulk IRS 990 data

Are there good sources for download bulk IRS 990 data? I'm looking for files from a specific geographic area (Michigan), but would be happy to have a wider dataset. My end product will involve extracting specific datapoints, including largest program service areas and executive officers.

The Foundation Center's search tool is the best source I've found so far. They have OCR'ed PDFs and it looks scrapeable.

The IRS provides scanned copies of returns on DVD. In theory, one organization could buy the data and distribute it, or we could take a collection to make it freely available if someone hasn't already. However, these are image files, and would need to be recombined into PDFs and OCRed (which is very possible using pdftk/docsplit/documentcloud), but still a hassle.

Guidestar provides much of this data, but I don't think I am able to legally repackage it in bulk, and it still requires manually downloading files.

Tags: irs opendata data

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