GuideStar Publishes First Ever Directory of Nonprofit Contractors

First Edition Identifies Businesses That Provided Legal, Accounting, IT Services and More to Nonprofits in Fiscal Year 2009


Washington, DC—September 29, 2011—GuideStar— the leading source of nonprofit information—today launched the 2011 GuideStar Directory of Nonprofit Contractors, the first and only report of its kind. Compiled from the Forms 990 that nonprofits filed with the IRS for fiscal year 2009, the Directory details the businesses that provided services to nonprofits, the nonprofits that purchased the services, and the amounts spent on them.

“Every nonprofit organization that has to fill out a Form 990 must list up to five contractors to whom they paid at least $100,000 during the filing year, so we had a wealth of data to pull from for this report,” said Chuck McLean, vice president of research at GuideStar and author of the Directory. “We hope that the 2011 GuideStar Directory of Nonprofit Contractors is helpful for those nonprofits that want to find out what kinds of consultants might fit their needs, or for those consultants that want to find the best fit in the nonprofit sector for their services.”

Numbering 3,904 pages and provided as a searchable PDF, the Directory lists more than 13,000 businesses that provided services to 14,000 nonprofits, which spent a total of $34 billion for those services. The report contains two sections: contractors by service type, listing each contractor's name, address and contract totals; and contractors by service type and client location, which lists within each state the type of service, contractor name, client name, city, and state, and contract size.

Services covered in the 2011 GuideStar Directory of Nonprofit Contractors include:

  • Accounting/auditing/tax services
  • Actuarial
  • Administrative/management
  • Advertising
  • Anesthesia
  • Architectural/engineering
  • Back office support
  • Building, grounds maintenance/cleaning
  • Conference/convention/special events
  • Construction
  • Consulting
  • Financial/investment
  • Food
  • Fundraising/direct marketing/campaign
  • Health care/employee benefits administration
  • HVAC/plumbing/electrical
  • Insurance
  • IT/software
  • Laboratory testing and services
  • Legal
  • Lobbying
  • Marketing/public relations/communications
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical/occupational/speech therapy
  • Power line construction
  • Printing/publication
  • Property management
  • Security
  • Temporary staffing
  • Transportation
  • Tree services/right of way maintenance

To view sample pages or purchase the 2011 GuideStar Directory of Nonprofit Contractors, please visit Members of the media may request a complimentary copy at


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