Is My Organization a Non-Profit?

What is a Non-Profit

A non-profit is an organization that does not have any shareholders and is instead run for the benefit of the public or a specific group of people. Non-profits are often charities, but can also be political organizations, trade unions, or professional associations.

Non-profits have a number of advantages over for-profit businesses. They can receive tax-deductible donations from individuals and businesses, they can apply for grants from government and private foundations, and they are not subject to corporate income taxes. This makes it easier for them to raise money to support their activities. 

In the US, to qualify as a non-profit you must register with the IRS. They require info about the organization's mission, bylaws, officers, and finances. Once the registration is approved, the organization will be recognized as a 501(c)3 non-profit. This status allows them to receive tax-deductible donations from individuals and businesses.

There are over 1.5 million non-profits in the US, and they account for more than $600 billion in annual revenue. Non-profits play a vital role in our society, and their impact is only increasing as the number of people who want to make a difference grows.


Search the IRS Database

Use this "Search Now" button to find your organization in the IRS database.  We send you there because (thanks to your tax dollars) they have a more robust search function than we do.   If it is there, it will be in our platform for you to select as the organization you want to donate to. 

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