"People who donate and don't look at the list don't discover it's not exempt," said David L. Thompson, vice president of public policy for the National Council of Nonprofits. 'We don't want the public to lose faith in nonprofits."
Danielle Clore, head of the Kentucky Nonprofit Network, said groups lost nonprofit status because they are now defunct, a change in leadership meant the paperwork did not arrive in the right hands or simple neglect.
"It could be any number of things," Clore said.
Thompson said in some cases, groups changed boards or addresses and sought nonprofit status after the changes were made.
"Either they didn't follow up or it's a duplicate listing," Thompson said.
Patricia Mogan of the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations said at least one group in that state learned it lost nonprofit status after the association received a grant to work with them and checked with the IRS. That group is reapplying, Mogan said.
Even though some groups will have to go through refilling for tax-exempt status, the trimmer list will be a benefit in the future, Clore and Thompson said.
"We're excited," Clore said. "It really helps us to better communicate."