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What is a Nonprofit?

What is a nonprofit?

Main Entry: non·prof·it
Pronunciation: 'nän-'prä-f&t
Function: adjective
Date: 1903
: not conducted or maintained for the purpose of making a profit <a nonprofit organization>
- nonprofit noun

What is 501(c)(3)?
Section of the Internal Revenue Code that designates an organization as charitable and tax-exempt. Organizations qualifying under this section include religious, educational, charitable, amateur athletic, scientific or literary groups, organizations testing for public safety or organizations involved in prevention of cruelty to children or animals. Most organizations seeking foundation or corporate contributions secure a Section 501(c)(3) classification from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
Note: The tax code sets forth a list of sections-501(c)(4-26)-to identify other nonprofit organizations whose function is not solely charitable (e.g., professional or veterans organizations, chambers of commerce, fraternal societies, etc.).


Online Giving
JustGive has harnessed the power of the Internet to remove barriers to charitable giving. Our technology, combined with our vast nonprofit experience, allows us to provide unique services, programs and advantages.


Network for Good
Imagine what the world would be like if every time you were inspired to help someone or something, you could -- with just a few clicks of a mouse, anywhere online. That’s the mission of Network for Good.  We make it as easy to donate and volunteer online as it is to shop online, and we make it simple and affordable for all nonprofits, of any size, to recruit donors and volunteers via the Internet.



Nonprofit Research

Guidestar The national database of U.S. charitable organizations, gathers and distributes data on more than 850,000 IRS-recognized nonprofits. Free registration for access to Basic Services.

Find basic information on an organization—name, address, nonprofit status and 990 filings. Use the coding system to find similar organizations.

Finding Similar/Competitive Organizations

IRS Data on Nonprofits - Search for organizations that have applied for and been granted nonprofit (501(c)) status by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. Use the Activity Description and Foundation Type criteria to narrow your search.

America's Charities - Workplace Giving Solutions. Search the membership directory.

Charity Navigator - works to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace by evaluating the financial health of over 5,500 of America's largest charities.

Hands-On Atlanta - volunteer organization which builds community and meets critical needs through volunteer service and civic engagement. Good place to find competitors of your client - they work with 400 non-profit organizations and schools in Greater Atlanta.

Google - Advanced Search - Find pages similar to the homepage of the nonprofit you are viewing.

Internal Revenue Service - Search for Charities. Verify eligibility to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions.


News & Articles

Use these databases to locate news and articles on specific topics from a wide array of publications, including specific nonprofit titles. Start your search with nonprofits or charities and then add terms like marketing, fundraising, or social media.

Includes Association Management, Foundations News & Commentary, Nonprofit World

Academic Source Complete
Includes Chronicle of Philanthropy, Journal of Nonprofit & Public Sector Marketing,

Business Source Complete
Includes Nonprofit World, Nonprofit Counsel, Nonprofit Management & Leadership

Sample search strategy: (nonprofit or non-profit or non-for-profit) and my nonprofit type and (problem* or challeng* or difficult* or failure*)


Chronicle of Philanthropy - Newspaper of the Nonprofit World (some free articles available, otherwise, use Academic Search Complete)

  • Facts & Figures - This section provides links to surveys conducted by The Chronicle of Philanthropy and to Chronicle articles that report on studies on philanthropy that are conducted by other organizations.
  • Managing Nonprofit Groups


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