Recently, we conducted an analysis of IRS 990 data (public information on nonprofits) and shared highlights with Fast Company. We've seen a great deal of interest in this topic, so we're sharing here interactive maps with additional data from the analysis. You can find the write-up we gave Fast Company here.
Every nonprofit is required to file a Form 990 to the IRS. 990s include information such as mission statements, program details and financial performance. This information is publicly available through the IRS website. We analyzed a machine-readable version of Form 990 data from more than 353,000 nonprofits across the U.S. We then applied a machine learning method called “topic modeling” to categorize mission statements into specific topics, each defined by a set of words. For example, a topic defined by "youth, sport, baseball, program, league" would be categorized as youth sports. We then assigned each nonprofit to one or more categories using the topic model and compared the financial characteristics of nonprofits by category and location.