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Nonprofit organizations that may qualify for tax-exemption ... IRS 501(c)(3)

The following list may be useful as you consider whether or not to form a nonprofit organization.  If an organization is applying for state and federal tax exemption, it must show that it is organized and operated for purposes that are beneficial to the public interest. 

Some examples include organizations organized for:


  • Relief of the poor, the distressed, or the underprivileged,

  • Advancement of education or science

  • Erection or maintenance of public buildings, monuments, or works,

  • Lessening the burdens of government,

  • Lessening of neighborhood tensions,

  • Elimination of prejudice and discrimination,

  • Defense of human and civil rights secured by law,

  • Combating community deterioration and juvenile delinquency,

  • Advancement of religion,

Examples of specific types of programs (based on our list of current and past clients):

  • educational, charitable, arts, and religious programs;

  • alternative/community schools

  • after-school programs;

  • cultural center programs;

  • missionary groups;

  • fraternities and sororities;

  • programs in support of prevention of cruelty to children or animals;

  • Kiwanis clubs;

  • Knights of Columbus;

  • Masonic Lodges;

  • Rotary Clubs;

  • Lions Clubs;





  • community development corporations;

  • pre-school and day care;

  • residential care facilities – adult, children, group homes;

  • transitional homes; 

  • community centers;

  • children and adult day camps;

  • women and men clubs;

  • summer camps;

  • educational centers;

  • sober living programs;





  • environmental justice groups;

  • recreational and sports programs;

  • barber and cosmetology schools;

  • homeownership programs;

  • business leagues;

  • churches;

  • religious corporations;

  • parent-teacher associations;

  • nonprofits helping nonprofits;

  • human shelters;

  • board and care homes;





  • nonprofits operating in foreign countries (NGO);

  • ecological protection organizations;

  • cemeteries;

  • credit unions;

  • employee associations;

  • animal search and rescue programs, shelters;

  • Social Security and SSI support programs;

  • literary organizations;

  • veterans associations;

  • homeowners’ associations;


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