Nonprofit? What is that?

There are millions, maybe even billions, of organizations in the United States and the world. However, in your day to day life, you probably don’t often stop to consider, “What organizations are nonprofits and what organizations are for-profits?” I guess you could ask, “does it matter the status of a certain organization”? Well, maybe not, but if your thought process is even remotely like mine, the information and status of different organizations are not only useful but interesting.

At this point, you’re probably wondering where I’m going with this. My goal here is to help you understand more about nonprofit organizations. Luckily, while in college, I had the opportunity to work at a nonprofit organization. Therefore, I had an inside look, a different perspective that most people don’t get to experience. So, what is a nonprofit organization? Stick with me, and by the end of this article, you’ll have a better understanding.

What is a Nonprofit?

By the name alone, you might assume the sole function as an organization is to operate without profit from day-to-day activities, which is partially true, but there is so much more to it than that. Most nonprofit organizations are the result of people who have a passion and drive to make a difference. These people want to see a change in the world, so they took the initiative to make change happen. Nonprofit organizations don’t benefit the people who operate them; they benefit the people in the society that they were built for and around. All nonprofit organizations start with a mission, and each day these organizations strive to make sure that mission is being brought to life.

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What else is there to know about nonprofit organizations? Well, let’s see, did you know that nonprofit organizations aren’t owned by anyone? They are owned by the public. There is not one person that solely owns and operates a nonprofit organization. All the people associated with a nonprofit organization are working together to achieve the greater purpose of the organization.

Nonprofit organizations are very interesting, and while this article only brushed the surface of the details, I hope it provided you some more useful insights on what organizations are nonprofits and what organizations are for-profits. Do you already have a nonprofit? If so, you’ll have to check out GrantWatch and GrantWriterTeam. GrantWatch and GrantWriterTeam can help you take the next step to make the nonprofit you work with a continued success.