What’s the difference between nonprofit and not-for-profit?

October 13, 2010

Jonathan Spack, Third Sector New England, Executive Director

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One Response to “What’s the difference between nonprofit and not-for-profit?”


  1. Jonathan,
    Bruce Hopkins in 650 Essential Nonprofit Law Questions answered takes a different perspective (Q1:4). He writes:
    “the law uses the term not-for-profit to apply to an activity rather than an entity. For example, the federal tax law denies business expense deductions for expenditures that are for a non-for-profit activity. Basically, this type of activity… is essentially a hobby.”

    I’m wondering how you would respond to his interpretation?


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