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.

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Five local nonprofit organizations made presentations to the Glenview Board of Trustees earlier this month asking for money to support their respective organizations. Alexandra Kukulka,, "Glenview nonprofit organizations to continue making annual funding requests after Village Board rejects having biennial process," 17 Sep. 2019 His parents Donald and Mary Sanders Holland are at the forefront of a nonprofit organization, the Holland Project, that aims to revive the old movie house and transform it into a performing arts space with a single-screen cinema. Ben Flanagan |, al, "Watch ‘Jurassic World’ short film starring Alabama’s Andre Holland," 17 Sep. 2019 Jennifer Klein is the chief strategy and policy officer at TIME'S UP, a nonprofit organization that fights gender inequality at work. CNN, "The gender pay gap will remain until companies change their ways," 17 Sep. 2019 Michael Bloomberg, co-founder of Bloomberg LP, founded Everytown for Gun Safety in 2006, a nonprofit organization that advocates for gun control. Josiah Bates, Time, "'Simply Unacceptable.' 145 Major Business Leaders Pen Letter to Senate Asking For Action on Gun Violence," 12 Sep. 2019 According to Friedman and his proponents, social responsibility — and the purpose of building healthier, safer, fairer, environmentally sustainable and inclusive communities — should be the province of individuals or nonprofit organizations. Bruce Deboskey, The Denver Post, "On Philanthropy: In the eyes of business leaders, “social purpose” has replaced “shareholder capitalism”," 8 Sep. 2019 But, for the first time, each nonprofit submitted requests that could cover two fiscal years. Alexandra Kukulka,, "Glenview nonprofit organizations to continue making annual funding requests after Village Board rejects having biennial process," 17 Sep. 2019 That sabbatical was the spark that would eventually become Amble, a startup that links creative professionals with the nonprofit conservancies that support national parks. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "Take a Sabbatical to Help America’s National Parks," 17 Sep. 2019 Wyatt, a nonprofit prison run by a quasi-public corporation, owes about $130 million in principal and interest from an expansion., "board overseeing the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility," 17 Sep. 2019

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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 How to pronounce nonprofit (audio) \

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: not existing or done to make a profit nonprofit organizations

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