National Nonprofit Day

National Nonprofit Day Quick Facts

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2024 DateAugust 17, 2024
2025 DateAugust 17, 2025

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National Nonprofit Day History

National Nonprofit Day is a significant annual event in the United States that seeks to honor and acknowledge the positive impact that nonprofit organizations have on our communities and in making the world a better place. These associations offer vital resources, services, and aid to those in need, contributing to various sectors, ranging from education and health care to environmental preservation and cultural enrichment.

The origins of this special day trace back to the Tariff Act that was signed into law on August 17, 1894. The directive recognized and established federal tax exemption for nonprofit organizations, laying the groundwork for the expansive network that thrives today. The widespread celebration, as we know it currently, was actually started in 2017 by Sherita J. Herring, a recognized business consultant and renowned speaker.

National Nonprofit Day occurs each year on August 17th. This day serves as a reminder for individuals to support nonprofits either by volunteering their time, donating funds, or spreading awareness about their essential roles. It also gives nonprofit organizations an opportunity to showcase their contributions and successes, inspiring others to join their cause.

National Nonprofit Day facts

  • According to, about 73% of charities in the US said they had a decline in contributions in 2020 (impacted by covid). About 13% suspended their operations.
  • According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS), there were about 1.54 million nonprofits in the US registered with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in 2019.
  • According to the NCCS , an estimated 25% of US adults volunteered in 2017.

Top things to do for National Nonprofit Day

  • Volunteer at your local community center. You may meet interesting people while aiding those in your community.
  • Check out charity navigator to find nonprofit organizations that share your values and interests.
  • Donate to your local community shelters and help those in need.

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