2. A Historical Overview of Philanthropy, Voluntary Associations, and Nonprofit Organizations in the United States, 1600–2000

  title={2. A Historical Overview of Philanthropy, Voluntary Associations, and Nonprofit Organizations in the United States, 1600–2000},
  author={Peter Dobkin Hall},
  journal={The Nonprofit Sector},
  • P. D. Hall
  • Published 31 December 2017
  • Economics
  • The Nonprofit Sector
The terms nonprofit sector and nonprofit organization are neologisms. Coined by economists, lawyers, and policy scientists in the decades following World War II as part of an effort to describe and classify the organizational domain for tax, policy, and regulatory purposes, the meaning varies depending on the identity and intentions of the user. Defined narrowly, the terms refer to entities classified in section 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 and subsequent… 

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