The Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation at Chicago Booth makes available various resources to Booth faculty, including access to data and database administrative support.
Below is a list of data sources accessible for academic use. Due to license agreements, the use of some data is restricted to the Booth community or the University of Chicago community. If you have any questions, please email
For more data resources available to Booth faculty, PhD students, and researchers, log in with your CNET ID to view Booth IT’s Research Computing site.
Bloomberg Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG)
Bloomberg’s electronic library comprises data on almost every publicly traded company in the world and biographies of more than 1 million people. New to Bloomberg Professional in 2014 is access to environmental, social and governance (ESG) research assessments, provided by third-party ESG research provider Sustainalytics. Sustainalytics’ nearly 800 proprietary indicators provide a macro level 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 environmental, social and governance dimensions.
Data may be accessed by Booth faculty, MBA and PhD students, and alumni via two Bloomberg stations in the Harper Center and Gleacher Center computing labs.
For more detail on the data and a user guide, please see the attached.
In addition, the Rustandy Center can support Faculty and PhD research by executing customized data pulls. For questions about accessing the data stations, email the helpdesk. For questions about the data and about customization, contact Caroline Grossman.
The Entrepreneurship Database Program at Emory University
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). Our aim is to collaborate with a growing number of accelerator programs around the world to collect and collate comparable longitudinal data that describe early-stage entrepreneurs and their ventures.
In 2013 and 2014, GALI worked with 29 different programs and to collect data from more than 2,300 ventures. These data were collected through the many application processes and contain detailed information about ventures, founding teams, and early-stage performance outcomes.
As part of the mission - and with the support of our GALI partners - these anonymized application data are available to researchers interested in studying early-stage entrepreneurship and acceleration. While this anonymity provision limits what might be done with these data, the file will allow you to explore descriptive statistics and correlations among the many variables. The hope is that this will stimulate ideas for potential research projects that we might support in the near future.
If you would like to receive these 2013/14 application data, please follow this link, which summarizes the expectations for individuals who gain access to the data, before asking a series of very simple questions. After your request is processed, GALI will send an Excel file that houses the application data, and a companion variable dictionary.
GuideStar is the world's largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. Booth offers access to two proprietary data sets.
Complete IRS 990s filed by 501(c)3 organizations from 2008-2013 (unbalanced panel) in digitized format. This data is available to Chicago Booth students, faculty, and staff, and to UChicago faculty and PhD students. For access, please contact
Two samples of IRS 990s filed by 501(c) 3 organizations from 2004-2010 in digitized format. Access to GuideStar is available for UChicago faculty and PhD students. Request access by emailing Fama-Miller@ChicagoBooth.edu.
Access the help document.
KLD Research & Analytics
KLD Research & Analytics is a leading authority on social research for institutional investors. To meet the needs of social investors, KLD provides research, benchmarks, compliance and consulting services analogous to those provided by financial research service firms. KLD created the Domini 400 SocialSM Index (DS 400 Index), a socially screened, capitalization-weighted index of 400 common stocks. The DS 400 is recognized as the first social investment benchmark. As well, KLD provides social ratings for all companies in the DS400. Access KLD via WRDS (Wharton Research Data Services) »
National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS)
National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS) 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 the NCCS »
Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative (SLEI)
The Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative (SLEI) in collaboration with the Latino Business Action Network (LBAN), created a comprehensive database of Latino-owned businesses in order to stimulate more informed policy making, business partnerships, and knowledge development.
The database consists of over 1 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.
UChicago Library: Industry Guide to Nonprofits and Charities
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 »