non·​prof·​it ˌnän-ˈprä-fət How to pronounce nonprofit (audio)
: not conducted or maintained for the purpose of making a profit
a nonprofit organization
a nonprofit research center
nonprofit noun

Examples of nonprofit in a Sentence

a nonprofit group that provides care to recovering drug addicts Schools don't pay sales tax on supplies because they have nonprofit status.
Recent Examples on the Web Cabrera, a community outreach worker with the nonprofit Pacoima Beautiful, urged him and others at the Branford Street site to try to protect themselves. Emily Alpert Reyes, Los Angeles Times, 24 Sep. 2023 The operation included drone and artillery strikes around the main city, Stepanakert, and in other towns in the north and south, according to the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project, a nonprofit data collection and crisis mapping initiative. Sarah Dadouch, Washington Post, 24 Sep. 2023 The explosion has been largely driven by the efforts of a handful of lawyers, including Russo and Kelly, said Bonnie Patten, executive director of Truth in Advertising, a nonprofit organization that focuses on protecting consumers from false advertising. Danielle Wiener-Bronner, CNN, 23 Sep. 2023 Soon thereafter, Alliance San Diego, a nonprofit community organization, filed suit in Superior Court to challenge the city’s authority to alter the outcome of the 2020 election. Jennifer Van Grove, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Sep. 2023 Some of that conversation Monday night (Sept. 18) included the continuing efforts of the Rev. Dr. Jimmie Hicks Jr., whose Start Right community development corporation (CDC) had signed on as a nonprofit partner to the Noble Station development proposal. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 19 Sep. 2023 Araba Maze’s nonprofit, Storybook Maze, brings free books with diverse characters and storylines to areas with limited access to books. Alecia Taylor, Baltimore Sun, 19 Sep. 2023 The nonprofit hopes to expand its dispenser network and is evaluating an in-line chlorination system, which would add chlorine in pipes through a simple device installed near the water collection point. Cameron Pugh, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 Sep. 2023 After six years of having cancer-research nonprofit 5 for the Fight as their jersey patch sponsor, the Utah Jazz will announce a new patch partnership on Thursday morning. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1896, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonprofit was in 1896

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“Nonprofit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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non·​prof·​it ˈnän-ˈpräf-ət How to pronounce nonprofit (audio)
: not existing or carried on for the purpose of making a profit
a nonprofit organization

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