What does EIN stand for? EIN stands for Employer Identification Number.
Does a nonprofit need to have one? Yes, the IRS requires that a nonprofit get an EIN before applying to 501(c)(3) status.
What about if a nonprofit does not plan on hiring any employees? It still has to have an EIN. The EIN is not entirely an employment number. It is also the number the IRS uses to identify the organization, and all correspondence with the IRS should include the EIN.
How does one get an EIN? One completes IRS form SS4. This can be done on-line, by phone or by mail. Obtaining an EIN is one of the things I do for you.