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Nonprofit EIN, NTEE, and UN SDG Classification
With millions of tax-exempt and nonprofit organizations in the US, finding insights related to this $3 Trillion annual economy can be a daunting experience. At X4Impact, we process one billion data points from the IRS and other sources to bring you two powerful tools:
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Explore NTEE Codes
The National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) system was developed by the National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS) and is used by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and NCCS to classify tax-exempt organizations.
How Do NTEE Codes Get Assigned?
A specialist from the IRS assigns an NTEE code to each organization exempt under I.R.C. § 501(a) as part of the process of closing a case when the organization is recognized as tax-exempt. For more information and more detailed definitions of these codes developed by the National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS), visit the Urban Institute.
What is the Right NTEE Code for My Organization?
X4Impact has created a tool to help nonprofit organizations and their support teams find the most appropriate NTEE code and explore possible permutations based on mission, activities and organizational types. Use the NTEE Code Builder below to determine which NTEE Code is best for your organization. Please note that X4Impact accepts requests for re-classification from an officer of the organization. Please allow up to 7 business days for changes to take effect after approval. Additional steps must be taken directly with the IRS for any NTEE code augmentation.
NTEE Code Builder
1. Select an NTEE Major Group
The NTEE classification system divides the universe of nonprofit organizations into 25 major groups. The major groups represent broad subsectors of the charitable organization universe.
2. Select the Organization's Specific Activity Area
Activity Codes further subdivide the organization in the major groups by specific activity areas.
3. Select the Type of Organization
NTEE Common Codes represent the activities of the organization, such as research, fundraising, and technical assistance, which are common to all major groups.
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A Comprehensive View of an Organization’s NTEE Code
The National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) system was developed by the National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS) and is used by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and NCCS to classify tax-exempt organizations. A specialist from the IRS assigns an NTEE code to each organization exempt under I.R.C. § 501(a) as part of the process of closing a case when the organization is recognized as tax-exempt. For more information and more detailed definitions of these codes developed by the National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS), visit the Urban Institute.
The code may be adjusted later on by the IRS to better reflect the nature of the mission of the organization. Many private organizations and foundations rely on the NTEE code to approve grants, but in close to 33% of cases, there are significant discrepancies between the code reported by the IRS, the one reported by the NCCS, and the one inferred from the mission statement of the organization.
- NTEE reported by the IRS, updated monthly.
- NTEE reported by the NCCS, updated annually.
As well as the category the organization falls under based on the automated analysis of the organization’s mission statement and impact areas as reported in the organization’s filing with the IRS, updated monthly.
Request an X4Impact Letter of Certification for One Organization
If you need to document a grant proposal, grant approval, participation in a program, or a nonprofit discount request or approval, you can request an X4Impact Letter of Certification.Our X4Impact Letter of Certification includes:
- The NTEE code, as reported by the IRS, by the NCCS, and our automated analysis based on the organization’s mission statement.
- Latest IRS filing on record.
- Final assessment from an X4Impact specialist on what is the best NTEE code, and UN SDG to classify that organization.
What is an EIN Number?
Each organization has a distinct EIN number provided by the Internal Revenue Service. EIN stands for Employer Identification Number and is also known as the Federal Employer Identification Number or the Federal Tax Identification Number. This is a unique nine-digit number assigned by the IRS to business entities operating in the United States for the purposes of identification. Both for-profit and nonprofit organizations have IRS EIN numbers.
UN SDG Classification and NTEE Updates
The UN Sustainable Development Goals provide a common framework for organizing funding, partnerships, and support for the millions of organizations working on key issues like poverty alleviation and climate change. We have classified organizations under the UN SDGs based on how their mission, impact statements, website content, and other information reported to the IRS aligns with the 169 Targets and 231 Indicators defined by the UN.
The NTEE code might be adjusted by the IRS to better reflect the nature of the mission of the organization. The IRS publishes an updated table of the NTEE codes by EIN periodically and we update our database weekly. If you think that your NTEE code needs to be adjusted with the IRS, follow these guidelines from the IRS.
If any information displayed for your organization (website, address, NTEE Code, UN SDG classification, etc) needs to be adjusted, please contact us
How are UN SDG Classification and NTEE Codes Used?
Using NTEE codes and the UN SDG taxonomy helps capital sources, donors, foundations, and impact investors inform social impact funding strategies. Thanks to our X4Impact Founding Partners, we offer this free tool to simplify your EIN search, NTEE code lookup, and understanding of an organization’s alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals. We process over one million IRS records monthly to keep this tool updated.