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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Sandy Nguyen runs Coastal Communities Consulting, a nonprofit that advocates on behalf of thousands of fishermen in Southeast Louisiana. Nate Berg, Curbed, "Can engineering save Louisiana’s coastline?," 7 Nov. 2018 According to officials, the more than 700 at risk for foreclosure still have a chance to try and save their homes, thanks to the city and nonprofit United Community Housing Coalition. Katrease Stafford, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit home tax foreclosures: Why they've dropped dramatically," 13 July 2018 According to his LinkedIn page, Schellenger also founded Helping Hands Philadelphia, a nonprofit that works to restore blighted properties around the city., "Philadelphia developer stabbed to death near Rittenhouse Square," 13 July 2018 Sculley and Councilman Roberto Treviño, the other city representative on the committee, serving with officials of the Land Office and nonprofit Alamo Endowment, also have asked for detailed plans for reusing those buildings as a museum complex. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, "Officials try to avoid battle over Alamo plan," 8 July 2018 This trip is run by Crooked Trails, a nonprofit that works to build cultural understanding through sustainable travel. Ac Shilton, Outside Online, "The Food Adventures We Covet Most," 5 July 2018 Perhaps the only chat app to retain its independence and its reputation for security is Signal, which is open-source, has the best encryption in the industry, and is backed by the Signal Foundation, a well-heeled nonprofit. Jacob Silverman, Longreads, "Private Telegram, Public Strife," 3 July 2018 Among both private and nonprofit organizations, no Florida group has received more money to service unaccompanied migrant children than Comprehensive Health. Rob Wile, miamiherald, "Here's how much taxpayers are spending to house unaccompanied immigrants," 2 July 2018 Fox, 31, a program manager for Health Equity Solutions, a city nonprofit that advocates for equitable health care access, could join the panel as soon as Monday. Jenna Carlesso, Courant Community, "Hartford Council Members Name Replacement For Cynthia Jennings," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of nonprofit

1896, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonprofit was in 1896

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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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