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Investigative Journalism

Corporate & Non-Profit Data Overview

In your professional career, you may research and report on for-profit corporations and non-profit organizations. This type of information is generated from the company itself (e.g. company website and government documents) as well as outside sources (e.g. third-party profiles and analyst reports).

Finding corporate records is sometimes difficult due to the nature and value of business industries. If it were easy for companies to find financial information on their competitors through the open web, the company and industry could suffer. Valuable company information can either be behind a paywall in an expensive, subscription-based database, or proprietary and not available at all.

Where to Begin:

When looking for corporate records you should first determine if the company is public or privately owned, and for-profit or non-profit. Public companies are required by law to file financial information with the SEC, whereas, private companies are not. But that doesn’t mean the information isn’t out there. While you are here at IU, you have access to corporate databases and resources, such as PrivCo, which provides financial information on private companies.

Likewise, a non-profit organization can be verified on its status through the IRS.  If a non-profit meets the requirements of the Internal Revenue Service's Code, section 501(c)(3), it can obtain tax-exempt status, and does not pay federal or state income taxes.Use the recommended resources below to find corporate and nonprofit records.

Corporate Resources

Non-profit Resources