Types of 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organizations

Written by True Tamplin, BSc, CEPF® | Reviewed by Editorial Team

Updated on December 14, 2022

501(c)(3) Organizations Types

There are many types of non-profit organizations that qualify for federal income tax exemption under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The most common types of 501(c)(3)s are public charities, educational institutions such as public libraries, and religious institutions.

501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organizations List

The IRS regularly publishes a list of operating 501(c)(3) organizations. They also publish form 990 returns, as well as determination letters. Most of the data regarding any particular 501(c)(3) is considered public information and can be searched on the IRS website.

Types of 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organizations FAQs

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

A 501(c)(3) organization is a non-profit organization with tax exempt status that is dedicated to the general well-being of society.

What Are The Different Types of 501(c)(3) Non Profit Organizations?

The most common types of 501(c)(3)s are public charities, educational institutions such as public libraries, and religious institutions.

Is a 501(c)(3) organization tax exempt?

A 501(c)(3) organization is tax exempt so long as it remains true to its stated mission and remains compliant with the IRS.

What does 501(c)(3) mean?

501(c)(3) is the internal revenue code (IRC) section for organizations with tax exempt status. 501(c)(3) falls under internal revenue code 501(c).

About the Author

True Tamplin, BSc, CEPF®

True Tamplin is a published author, public speaker, CEO of UpDigital, and founder of Finance Strategists.

True is a Certified Educator in Personal Finance (CEPF®), author of The Handy Financial Ratios Guide, a member of the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing, contributes to his financial education site, Finance Strategists, and has spoken to various financial communities such as the CFA Institute, as well as university students like his Alma mater, Biola University, where he received a bachelor of science in business and data analytics.

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