Types of Nonprofits



Types of Non-Profits

  • 501c3 - Charitable organizations
    • Public charities
    • Private foundations
  • 501c4 - Social welfare organizations
    Clubs and Membership Organizations
  • 501c5 - Agricultural/horticultural organizations
  • 501c5 - Labor organizations
  • 501c6 - Business leagues (trade associations)
  • 501c7 - Faith-Based

Seasonal Non-Profit Events

  • MLK (Jan)
  • National Mentoring Month (Jan)
  • Americorps Week (Mar)
  • Good Deeds Day (Apr)
  • Global Youth Service Day (Apr)
  • National Volunteer Week (Apr)
  • 911 Service and Remembrance (Sep)
  • National Preparedness Month (Sep)
  • Make a Difference Day (Oct)
  • Veterans Day (Nov)
  • Family Volunteer Day (Nov)

501c3 Tax Exempt Charity

501c3 is the only nonprofit that can offer donors a tax write off.

501c3 must be operated exclusively for one or more of the following purposes:

(a) Religious,
(b) Charitable,
(c) Scientific,
(d) Testing for public safety,
(e) Literary,
(f) Educational,
(g) Prevention of cruelty
to children or animals.

1.3 million nonprofits
in America:





nurture, and


people of every age,

gender, race, and

socioeconomic status,

from coast to coast,

border to border,

and beyond.



Nonprofits are where Americans
come together to solve problems.


Nonprofits are promoters
of civic engagement.


Nonprofits are building blocks
of democracy.


Nonprofits are laboratories
where people learn leadership.

 Nonprofits are economic engines.

Additional Qualified 501c3 Organizations

You may deduct a charitable contribution made to, or for the use of, any of the following organizations that otherwise are qualified under section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code:

  1. A state or United States possession (or political subdivision thereof), or the United States or the District of Columbia, if made exclusively for public purposes;
  2. A community chest, corporation, trust, fund, or foundation, organized or created in the United States or its possessions, or under the laws of the United States, any state, the District of Columbia or any possession of the United States, and organized and operated exclusively for charitable, religious, educational, scientific, or literary purposes, or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals;
  3. A church, synagogue, or other religious organization;
  4. A war veterans' organization or its post, auxiliary, trust, or foundation organized in the United States or its possessions;
  5. A nonprofit volunteer fire company;
  6. A civil defense organization created under federal, state, or local law (this includes unreimbursed expenses of civil defense volunteers that are directly connected with and solely attributable to their volunteer services);
  7. A domestic fraternal society, operating under the lodge system, but only if the contribution is to be used exclusively for charitable purposes;
  8. A nonprofit cemetery company if the funds are irrevocably dedicated to the perpetual care of the cemetery as a whole and not a particular lot or mausoleum crypt.

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Books to help you excel:
The Nimble Nonprofit by Trey Beck and Jacob Smith
A great, breezy primer on doing work that matters. “An unconventional guide to sustaining your nonprofit.”

The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
Startup success isn’t about the perfect idea or having lots of cash. It’s about speedy testing and creating to find something (or an experience) that people really want.

Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeir Hansson
Read this to bust up your assumptions about how an organization should operate. Underdo your competition. Stay small. Break the rules. Waste less time.

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