Iowa 501(c)(3) Lookup

Of the more than 29,000 nonprofits in Iowa, the most common types are business and community development organizations. UnityPoint Health-Des Moines/Central Iowa Hospital Corporation, Mercy Health Services – Iowa Corporation, and Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines are among the state’s largest 501c3 nonprofits.

Interested in finding which organizations in Iowa are 501c3s? Use our nonprofit lookup tool to search nonprofit organizations and see if the charity you are looking for has 501c3 status.

501c3 organizations are nonprofit corporations that meet specific IRS criteria. Donations to a 501c3 are usually tax-exempt. Use our 501c3 lookup table to find out whether or not an organization has 501c3 status.

501(c)(3) Lookup for Iowa

Iowa Nonprofits

Iowa has nonprofits of all kinds, including those dedicated to sheltering the homeless and domestic abuse victims, promoting civil rights awareness and political responsibility, and providing international aid. See below for examples of respected nonprofits in Iowa that address these issues.


This nonprofit organization provides shelter and emotional support to victims of domestic abuse and homelessness. Through Waypoint, impoverished individuals and those suffering from domestic abuse can stay in a Waypoint-approved facility with access to clean water, food, bedding, and caring attendants who run programs for victims so they know they’re not alone. Children can attend Waypoint’s KidsPoint Child Care Program during the day so their parents can focus on healing and getting back on their feet.

Vote Smart

Politics can seem quite overwhelming to many voters — some of whom may even decide not to vote due to the political climate or a lack of knowledge on specific issues. With the belief that voting is a key part of a democracy, Vote Smart aims to increase the number of voters in America by spreading easy-to-understand information. It provides easy-to-read, unbiased information about political figures, bills up for a vote, and other aspects of American politics and government to reduce voter confusion. Vote Smart helps voters feel confident in what they vote for so they can make their voice heard.

Self-Help International

By providing help to villages in remote areas, this nonprofit seeks to create a more self-reliant world. Rather than providing aid to one place and then moving on to the next, it commits to a village and only moves on once that village becomes entirely self-reliant. Self-Help International focuses on strengthening five aspects of a village’s development: ending malnutrition, accessing clean water, improving agriculture, training youth, and empowering women. It brings both teachers and materials to a village so its residents not only benefit from new wells and other tools, but also learn how to properly operate and maintain them for years to come.