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

Other Words from nonprofit

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 Cradles to Crayons is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children who face clothing insecurity. Tatyana Turner,, 15 Jan. 2022 It is run by the Equal Justice Initiative, a nonprofit legal organization that advocates against mass incarceration. al, 15 Jan. 2022 Anyone who has volunteered for a nonprofit organization in the past year may attend for free. Cameron Goodnight,, 15 Jan. 2022 During the poster unveiling event, Ethan van Thillo, founder and executive director of the Media Arts Center San Diego and the film festival, said that the past two years have been a test for the value of the nonprofit organization. Tania Navarro, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Jan. 2022 An independent analysis by nonprofit research organization Berkeley Earth also found that 2021 was the sixth-warmest year since 1850. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 13 Jan. 2022 The Oregon Capital Chronicle, founded in 2021, is a nonprofit news organization that strives to deliver deep and useful reporting on Oregon state government, politics and policy. oregonlive, 13 Jan. 2022 Headquartered in Truckee, Calif., the center is a nonprofit organization in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service. Washington Post, 13 Jan. 2022 That’s why the nonprofit organization aspires to start discussions of stereotype and prejudice in athletics. Eddie Morales, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 Jan. 2022

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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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17 Jan 2022

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“Nonprofit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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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) \

Kids Definition of nonprofit

: not existing or done to make a profit nonprofit organizations

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