Whether you know a little or a lot about the nonprofit world, how to classify an organization can be tricky. Although it’s just a number at the end of the 501(c)…that little number determines financials, tax exemptions, and the legality of what a nonprofit can and can’t do.
There are over 29 different types of 501(c) nonprofits from cemetery companies to the NFL. It’d be a bit overwhelming to learn them all, so here is a quick overview for the three most common types of nonprofits:
- Purpose: organized and operated for an exempt purpose or charitable cause
- Example: churches, boys’ and girls’ clubs, parent teacher associations
- SOCIAL WELFARE
- Purpose: promotion of the common good and general welfare for a community
- Example: Lions Club, VFW, welfare organizations
- Purpose: persons with common business interests promote said interest, but do not conduct trade or regular business for profit
- Example: real estate boards, chamber of commerce, NFL
To see a more detailed comparison, CLICK HERE for a great well-organized chart.
By: Emma Bennett
NPR Associate and Event Planner