non·prof·it | \ˌnän-ˈprä-fət \

Definition of nonprofit 

: not conducted or maintained for the purpose of making a profit a nonprofit organization a nonprofit research center

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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.

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Real-estate developers, wealthy investors, nonprofit groups and local officials are among those racing to put their mark on the program, which has few restrictions. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "New Hotel or Affordable Housing? Race Is On to Define ‘Opportunity Zones’," 13 July 2018 It was sponsored by America First Policies, a nonprofit group with the goal of promoting Trump’s policies and affiliated with America First Action, a pro-Trump super political action committee. Rick Pearson,, "Rauner embraces Trump White House in Rosemont, calls Pence among the 'greatest leaders in American history'," 13 July 2018 The Trump administration’s decision Tuesday to slash funding to nonprofit groups that help Americans buy individual health insurance coverage sparked outrage from advocates of the Affordable Care Act. Phil Galewitz, Washington Post, "Outrageous Or Overblown? HHS Announces Another Round Of ACA Navigator Funding Cuts," 12 July 2018 After their son’s death, Fulton and Martin co-founded the Trayvon Martin Foundation, a nonprofit group that aims to provide emotional and financial support to families who have lost a child to gun violence. Johnny Diaz,, "Trayvon Martin documentary series airs this month," 3 July 2018 Immigration authorities have partnered in the past with nonprofit groups to provide other forms of community supervision, and the compliance rates were also high. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "The Trump administration says it must lock up families to keep them together. That’s not true.," 2 July 2018 But an array of nonprofit groups and academics -- some of which receive funding from Google and other technology companies -- have characterized it as censorship. Robert Levine, Billboard, "What a Google Email to News Publications Means for the Music Business," 28 June 2018 Se Educa, an educational nonprofit group in Venezuela, estimated that in the first five months of 2018, 12 percent of teachers nationwide have quit. Belinda Soncini, miamiherald, "When Venezuelan teachers abandon low-pay jobs, parents are forced to become the teachers," 26 June 2018 Natasha Ushomirsky, a policy expert at The Education Trust, a nonprofit advocacy group in Washington, D.C., said changes to personnel policy can be politically difficult but are critical to closing the achievement gap. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, "Black JCPS students tend to get novice teachers, analysis confirms," 23 June 2018

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First Known Use of nonprofit

1896, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of nonprofit

: not existing or done for the purpose of making a profit


non·prof·it | \ˈnän-ˈprä-fət \

Kids Definition of nonprofit

: not existing or done to make a profit nonprofit organizations

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