Social Sector Data Sources

Data SourcesUncovering new data and providing access to existing data sources makes inquiry into new fields possible and helps remove an obstacle for faculty and students researching the social sector.

The Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation provides Chicago Booth faculty with access to data and database administrative support. Below is a list of social sector data sources accessible for academic use. Due to license agreements, some data is restricted to the Booth and University of Chicago communities.

Bloomberg’s electronic library includes data on almost every publicly traded company in the world and biographies of more than one million people. New to Bloomberg Professional in 2014 is access to environmental, social, and governance research assessments, provided by third-party ESG research provider Sustainalytics.

Sustainalytics’s nearly 800 proprietary indicators provide a macrolevel assessment of how companies are managing their ESG capital. All Bloomberg users will have access to high-level company scores and percentile rankings across the ESG dimensions.

Booth faculty, MBA and PhD students, and alumni may access the data via Bloomberg stations in Harper Center and Gleacher Center computing labs. For questions about accessing the data stations, email Booth’s Information Technology staff.

View the Help Desk user guide for more details on the data »

In addition, the Rustandy Center can support faculty and PhD research by executing customized data pulls. For questions about the data and about customization, contact Salma Nassar.

The Entrepreneurship Database program at Emory University works in partnership with the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs as part of the recently formed Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI). Its aim is to collaborate with a growing number of accelerator programs around the world to collect and collate comparable longitudinal data that describes early-stage entrepreneurs and their ventures.

Access the Entrepreneurship Database »

GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. GuideStar gathers and disseminates information about every single IRS-registered nonprofit organization, and provides information about each nonprofit’s mission, legitimacy, impact, reputation, finances, programs, transparency, governance, and more. GuideStar provides complimentary access to a mix of digitized and non-digitized data. Booth offers access to the following proprietary, digitized datasets:

  1. Complete IRS Form 990s filed by 501(c)3 organizations from 2003 to 2013 and Form 990-EZs from 2008 to 2013. This data is available for download below to Chicago Booth students, faculty, and staff, and to UChicago faculty and PhD students. For questions related to data access, please contact Salma Nassar.
  2. IRS 990s filed by a sample of 394 501(c)3 organizations from 2004 to 2010 (unbalanced panel). The nonprofits included were sampled from the set of nonprofits rated by Charity Navigator. These were sampled to obtain variation within the sample with respect to the first rating publication date for each nonprofit. Access is available for Booth faculty and students. Request access by emailing the Fama-Miller Center.

National Center for Charitable Statistics is a clearinghouse for data on the nonprofit sector in the United States. Working closely with the IRS, other government agencies, nonprofits, and the scholarly community, NCCS builds compatible national, state, and regional databases, and develops uniform standards for reporting on the activities of charitable organizations. Access NCCS »

The Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative, in collaboration with the Latino Business Action Network (LBAN), created a comprehensive database of Latino-owned businesses in order to stimulate better policymaking, business partnerships, and knowledge development.

The database consists of more than 1.3 million Latino-owned companies in the United States. SLEI also collected data from a panel of 2,385 Latino entrepreneurs and plans to survey companies each year to create longitudinal data. Learn more about the SLEI database and potential collaboration opportunities »

The University of Chicago Library offers access to a variety of sources for researching nonprofit organizations and charitable giving, including industry overviews, data and statistics, and directories of organizations. Access the guide »

Information About Social Sector Data Sources

For more information on social sector data sources, email Salma Nassar. For more social sector data resources, go to Booth’s research computing site. (Please note: the research computing site is only available to those with access to Booth's intranet.)

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