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Journalism - FIGs: Finding & Evaluating Information

Business, Economy & Non-Profits

Find a Missouri business

Find information about a Columbia Missouri business

Find Information about Missouri businesses

OpenCorporates  claims to be the largest database of companies in the world, gathering data from government and publicly available information.

Yahoo Finance  an excellent source for company information.

United States Securities & Exchange Commission's Database of Public Company Filings

EDGAR (Securities & Exchange Commission's database of electronic public company filings)

Finding Business Information Online created by the Business/Economics Librarian.

United States Government Agencies Dedicated to Tax Collection, Finance, Economics, & Labor

Global Business & Economic Data Sources

  • GlobalEDGE - Search global data and insights by country, state, trade bloc, economic classification, industry.  From the Broad College of Business at Michigan State University. Requires registration.
  • Quandl - free global financial, economic and social data.

Nonprofits & Charities

Nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status are required to file Form 990, Return of Organizations Exempt from Income Tax, with the IRS. The form includes financial statements and background information on the nonprofit, including salaries of key employees (i.e. director, head, officers). is currently the only freely available full-text searchable database of full digitized nonprofit financials, with PDFs of the 990 forms back to about 2002, was created by Washington DC based reporter Luke Rosiak.

ProPublica's 990 Explorer

The Foundation Center provides a funder free search.  Find funder by name, state, or zip and drill down to the 990 to find funding recipients.

The GuideStar National Database of Nonprofit Organizations  requires free registration.

Search Google using 990 and the name of the nonprofit.

Find a Missouri Charity (all charities must register with the Missouri Attorney General's Office unless they are religious or education)

Missouri Attorney General's Office " Check a Charity" Database

Missouri Charity Vault  

Missouri Secretary of State Business Entity Search Database (nonprofit corporations must register with the Missouri Secretary of State and can be found in the business entity database)

More Resources for Locating Information about Charities

Charity Navigator provides free charity ratings

Missouri Association of Community Arts Agencies