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 The couple has since become big proponents of ibogaine treatment, starting a nonprofit called VETS that funds ibogaine research at Stanford and helped with the initial study in the Journal of Chronic Stress. San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Sep. 2021 Now, a nonprofit working to achieve legal systemic change to end violence and discrimination against women worldwide. Cathryn J. Prince, The Christian Science Monitor, 10 Sep. 2021 Rene Averitt-Sanzone, executive director of the Parents Place of Maryland, a special education nonprofit, said several schools also increased services, such as speech therapy and sign-language classes, to better accommodate students. Olivia Green,, 10 Sep. 2021 According to a study conducted by Active Minds, a mental health advocacy nonprofit, in 2020 60% of high school students and 80% of college students reported that their mental health had worsened due to COVID-19. Christopher Gray, Forbes, 10 Sep. 2021 As a nonprofit, the State Fair serves as the largest fundraiser for the organization, and behind the scenes, organizers work tirelessly to redirect proceeds into charitable, community-building groups throughout the region. Nicole Cormier, Dallas News, 9 Sep. 2021 Founded in 2014, Ascend is a U.S.-based nonprofit operating in Afghanistan that recruits a new group of Afghan girls and young women aged 15-24 each year to embark on a two-year mountaineering program. Libby Cathey, ABC News, 9 Sep. 2021 Simmons left city government and now runs a nonprofit, FirstRepair, that encourages local reparations programs. Molly Carmichael And Martha Daniels, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 Sep. 2021 Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial, which was established in 2009, is a nonprofit that aims to promote awareness of the memorial and provide volunteer support. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 9 Sep. 2021

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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 25 Sep. 2021.

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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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