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What Do They Mean by “Non-Profit Organization”?

Another in a series of articles related to association management selected from our reading list by:
Robert O. Patterson, JD
CEO/ Principal
The Center for Association Resources, Inc.

Some of you may not know what a non-profit organization is in its entirety. You may wonder, “why do they call themselves non-profit organizations?” or “what’s the point of telling everyone that they’re non-profit?” The reason is because non-profits and for-profits have different sets of laws that they must abide by. The main difference between a for-profit and non-profit organization is ownership. Non-profit organizations don’t have owners, so they can’t sell their shares or personally benefit in any way. All profits gained by a non-profit organization would have to go into the organization for its self-preservation, expansion and future plans. None of the members are allowed to benefit financially from it. Non-profit organizations are often charities or service organizations, founded and supported by people who are dedicated and want to support a certain cause. Those causes are often charities or service organizations.

Nowadays, many non-profit organizations follow the same structure as for-profit organizations by using corporate leadership and managing their volunteers the same way for-profit organizations would. Foundations could give grants to non-profit organizations to support their cause. The performance of non-profit organizations is strongly dependent on its management, so some of them want experienced managers who have worked for for-profit organizations before. For a non-profit organization to be known, there are multiple ways for them to speak up. One of them is called community advocacy, which may involve changing the ideas and attitudes of the public through education, publications, websites, and by other means. Some non-profit organizations would even use legal advocacy, whereas they find the idea of having lawsuits would be a more effective method to gain public attention. This is because the complaints must be heard as long as it is presented properly.

Through these ways and some others, non-profit organizations can become well-known and benefit more from the donations of the general public.

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