What is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit?

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You may have seen nonprofits cite a number after 501(c). Perhaps you didn’t really know what they meant. They refer to specific sections of the IRS tax code.

BoardSource provided an overview of four (4) different types of 501(c) organizations, as follows:

  1. 501(c)(3) = a charity, like One Health Organization
  2. 501(c)(4) = a professional or trade association, like the American Veterinary Medical Association
  3. 501(c)(4) = national social welfare organization, like the National Organization for Women
  4. 501(c)(7) = social organization, like swimming clubs

Only the IRS can make these determinations.

If you are looking to donate funds to a charity, make sure you know that it’s been designated by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit before you donate. Check with your financial advisor or the person or company who helps you prepare your taxes to check if your donation is tax deductible for you.

To check out any nonprofit organization for yourself, visit GuideStar. If an IRS Form 990 was filled out, then you can see what kind of 501(c) nonprofit they are.

One Health Organization earned the Gold GuideStar Nonprofit Profile participation level! This leading symbol of nonprofit transparency and accountability is presented by GuideStar, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information. 

In order to be awarded the Gold Seal of Transparency, One Health Organization included basic contact information, financial information, and our goals, strategies, capabilities, indicators, and progress, helping us more effectively share our story with the world.

Check out our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile and tell us what you think. 

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