Students and faculty at a handful of Triangle-area universities now have access to a wealth of information about the charitable sector in the U.S.
The libraries at N.C. State University now are connected to a clearinghouse of information on the nonprofit sector developed and maintained by the National Center for Charitable Statistics, a program of the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C.
Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at N.C. Central University and Duke University, both in Durham, also have access, although limited.
The database houses information on nonprofits collected from various sources, including the IRS and other government agencies, private-sector service groups and the academic community.
Information can be downloaded into spreadsheets, databases and statistical programs for research purposes.
Spearheading the effort was the N.C. State’s Institute for Nonprofits.