non·​prof·​it | \ ˌnän-ˈprä-fət How to pronounce nonprofit (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Every dollar of your donations and matching funds go to Arizona nonprofit organizations. Ebony Day, The Arizona Republic, "Benevilla helps 10,000 older adults in the West Valley each year. Here's how," 19 Nov. 2020 Each day will feature a different promotion, and a portion of those sales will be donated to nonprofit organizations including American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and One Simple Wish. Leigh-ann Jackson, Los Angeles Times, "Black Friday 2020: 17 places to shop in L.A. and online," 17 Nov. 2020 Hear from Alaska’s female leaders about their keys to success within the state’s nonprofit organizations, businesses and government entities. Samantha Davenport, Anchorage Daily News, "In ‘Extra Tough' exhibit, Anchorage Museum highlights resiliency and strength of women in the North," 12 Nov. 2020 Pilger exchanged emails with the IRS's Lois Lerner in October 2010 to discuss potential prosecutions against nonprofit organizations that participated in political activity ahead of the 2010 midterm elections, according to Forbes. Washington Examiner, "DOJ election crimes chief who resigned was connected to 2010 IRS targeting scandal," 10 Nov. 2020 First bookstore in Chicago, MahoganyBooks in Washington, D.C., Book Soup in Los Angeles, and nonprofit organizations, like the Sadie Nash Project, which supports activism efforts for young women. NBC News, "'Seen, known and heard': Black readers find education and healing in book clubs," 5 Nov. 2020 Much of the funding is destined to help nonprofit organizations find ways to present events safely in the era of COVID-19, also the purpose of the CARES Act money. Matthew J. Palm,, "$5 million from CARES Act for struggling arts groups as fundraisers, grants keep them afloat," 2 Nov. 2020 Today, nonprofit organizations supply food to the residents of Clovernook Apartments, the new name of my old community, with buildings that are not properly maintained. The Enquirer, "Going Home series: Our reporters explore the election from their hometowns," 30 Oct. 2020 The Main Street Lending Program is designed to support small and medium-sized businesses and nonprofit organizations that were in sound financial condition before the Covid-19 pandemic but now lack access to credit on reasonable terms. Chris Isidore, CNN, "Fed eases terms of Main Street lending program to help more small businesses," 30 Oct. 2020

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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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“Nonprofit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce nonprofit (audio) \

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: not existing or done to make a profit nonprofit organizations

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