Compensation analysis

Insights into fair compensation for executives and highly compensated employees.

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Organizational health

A deep dive into your organization’s growth trajectory, benchmarked against peers.

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Data science services

Custom reporting and visualization.

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Custom data feeds

The fields you need, updated monthly, via API.

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The data

IRS Form 990

Nonprofits must disclose many sensitive business details, including revenues, expenses, and compensation data. Nonprofits, which compete with small business for talent and dollars, reveal key insights about the climate of small business in the U.S.

Applied Nonprofit Research’s founders have revolutionized access to nonprofit data. As Director of Data Science at Charity Navigator, David Borenstein created open-source tools to democratize electronic IRS 990 forms.

Those tools power, a free searchable database of charities, private foundations, and other nonprofits.

Other Sources

The IRS Form 990 plays well with other sources of insight.

Nonprofit websites

Nonprofit websites tell us how an organization sees itself. Through data science, we can understand it at scale.

U.S. Census Bureau

By connecting trends in the nonprofit sector to economic and social data at large, we can fill in details and see the big picture.

Social and web analytics

Real time social media feeds, Amazon Alexa, Quantcast, and Google Trends reveal public perception and brand awareness.


David Bruce Borenstein, Ph.D.

David is an expert in nonprofit data science. Formerly the Director of Data Science at Charity Navigator, he created open-source software to turn IRS Form 990 into spreadsheets. He formed Applied Nonprofit Research and its sister site, Open990, to increase awareness and access to this remarkable dataset. Prior to Charity Navigator, he worked as a computational biologist at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. He holds a Ph.D. in Quantitative and Computational Biology from Princeton University.

Heather Kugelmass, Ph.D.

Heather earned a Ph.D. in Sociology from Princeton University, where she was a research affiliate of the Center for the Study of Social Organization and a graduate student fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Scholars. Prior to her doctoral work, she was a program manager at a nonprofit that provides assessment tools to colleges. Her research has been featured by The Atlantic, NPR, CNN, and other media outlets. She earned an M.A. in Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences from Columbia University.

Applied Nonprofit Research can help you realize your goals while helping the community at large.

That’s because Applied Nonprofit Research makes 990 data available for free at Open990, our public data website. In addition, we make spreadsheets of 990 data available for free on AWS’s registry of open data.We believe that open access is good business: more awareness of public records means more brilliant ideas about how to use it. Ideas take time to realize, and sometimes it’s most cost-effective to bring in help.