Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Not seeking or producing a profit or profits.
  • noun An organization, such as a charity, that does not seek or produce a profit.

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  • adjective Not seeking to produce a profit (a financial gain).
  • noun An organization that exists for reasons other than to make a profit, such as a charitable, educational or service organization.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective not commercially motivated
  • noun an organization chartered for other than profit-making activities

Etymologies

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non- +‎ profit.

Examples

  • Although often associated with the term nonprofit, social entrepreneurs don't have to be consumed with the hassles of corporate legal structures, reporting, and documentation.

    Working at Home on the Internet

  • The term nonprofit can be a misnomer when it comes to hospitals, because 77 percent of the nation's 2,033 nonprofit hospitals operate in the black, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.

    TheSunNews.com: Local

  • Partnership for Public Service - as its name suggests, this nonprofit is a partnership between public-sector, private-sector, academic, and nonprofit institutions.

    Gadi Ben-Yehuda: Becoming Citizen 2.0: Step 4, Coordinator

  • Yet nowhere in this year's State of the Union did President Obama, the first president who began his career at a nonprofit, utter the word "nonprofit" or mention the sector, its contribution to society or its role in the nation's economic recovery.

    Robert Egger: Nonprofits, 2012 Political Game Changers?

  • Partnership for Public Service - as its name suggests, this nonprofit is a partnership between public-sector, private-sector, academic, and nonprofit institutions.

    Gadi Ben-Yehuda: Becoming Citizen 2.0: Step 4, Coordinator

  • Yet nowhere in this year's State of the Union did President Obama, the first president who began his career at a nonprofit, utter the word "nonprofit" or mention the sector, its contribution to society or its role in the nation's economic recovery.

    Robert Egger: Nonprofits, 2012 Political Game Changers?

  • Running a nonprofit is a huge amount of work and I have to wear so many hats: the grant-writing hat, the fundraising hat, the administrative hat, even the taking-out-the-garbage hat, which is made out of old take-out Thai food containers and scrap paper.

    Archive 2009-10-01

  • Yet nowhere in this year's State of the Union did President Obama, the first president who began his career at a nonprofit, utter the word "nonprofit" or mention the sector, its contribution to society or its role in the nation's economic recovery.

    Robert Egger: Nonprofits, 2012 Political Game Changers?

  • Running a nonprofit is a huge amount of work and I have to wear so many hats: the grant-writing hat, the fundraising hat, the administrative hat, even the taking-out-the-garbage hat, which is made out of old take-out Thai food containers and scrap paper.

    Author-friends, Meet Justin Hocking

  • Yet nowhere in this year's State of the Union did President Obama, the first president who began his career at a nonprofit, utter the word "nonprofit" or mention the sector, its contribution to society or its role in the nation's economic recovery.

    Robert Egger: Nonprofits, 2012 Political Game Changers?

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