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 “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
~Anne Frank

On August 17, the United States celebrates National Nonprofit Day, a special day that shines a spotlight on the social sector and honors all the nonprofit organizations that work tirelessly to make this world a better place.

What Exactly Is a Nonprofit Organization?

A nonprofit is defined as an organization that is not driven by profit but by dedication to a given cause. A nonprofit’s goal is to nurture and further its mission. Because any surplus profits after operating expenses are reinvested into the organization, nonprofits normally enjoy a tax-exempt status.

While many believe that nonprofits are a relatively new concept, they have been around for 126 years since the 1896 Tariff Act, which exempts nonprofits from federal income tax, was passed.

The nonprofit torch was further carried on when National Volunteer Week was created in 1974 to recognize volunteers and their power to tackle society’s greatest challenges.

The nonprofit tradition got another boost 38 years later when the Giving Tuesday movement was introduced to “reimagine a world built upon shared humanity and radical generosity.”

Here Are Some Fun Facts About Nonprofits

  • There are around 1.7 million active nonprofit organizations in the US and 10 million worldwide all of which provide a variety of services including food banks, affordable housing, medical care, legal counsel, and education
  • The nonprofit sector contributed an estimated $1,047.2 trillion to the US economy in 2016 which represented 5.6 percent of the country’s gross domestic product
  • The states with the most nonprofits are 1) California 2) Texas 3) New York
  • One out of every 10 people in the United States works in the nonprofit sector, making it the 3rd largest employer, only trailing behind manufacturing and retail
  • If you put all the world’s nonprofits together into a country, they would have the 5th largest economy in the world

A Gift That Keeps on Giving

In the United States, there are 27 different types of nonprofits although most fall under the category of 501(c)(3). A 501(c)(3) is a charitable organization that receives IRS tax exemption status and is funded primarily through charitable donations and government grants. Any donation to a 501(c)(3) is tax-deductible.

Our nonprofit, the Plant-Based Life Foundation received its 501(c)(3) recognition in its first year of operation during the Covid pandemic. That enabled our supporters to make tax-deductible donations as individuals or through corporate matching gift programs.

We would like to take advantage of National Nonprofit Day to say thank you to everyone who has supported the Plant-Based Life Foundation. Your support enables us to offer transformative resources to anyone who wants to learn more about plant-based living.

Your generosity has allowed us to achieve two major milestones in our first year of operation: the launch of our first free challenge as well as our signature lifestyle change program—Life Lab 360.

And your continued support will allow us to sustain our efforts to help individuals around the world to live healthier and happier lives. To join us in our mission, you can make a tax deductible donation here.

Our 5 Days to Reset Your Plant-Based Life Challenge

During the 5 Days to Reset Your Plant-Based Life Challenge participants learned:

  • How emotions drive behaviors and form habits
  • The importance of having a very strong WHY
  • The reason when you eat is as important as what you eat
  • The role mindful breathing plays in building positive eating habits
  • Why weight is not just a “numbers” game and needs to be approached in an integrated way

If you would like to participate in future challenges, GO HERE and click Join the Movement to get our newsletter.

Life Lab 360

Life Lab 360 is an easy-to-follow and profoundly transformative program that teaches members the importance of emotional mastery and how to make permanent habit changes through monthly evidence-based live trainings in a supportive and non-judgmental environment. Participants walk away with 10+ new habits that put them on the path to a long, happy, and healthy plant-based life.

Our first cohort of students are about to graduate, and we look forward to welcoming a new group of members to Life Lab 360 soon. If you would like to learn more about Life Lab 360, GO HERE.

In closing, we would also like to thank all the other nonprofits in our space who work so hard to teach individuals about the profound benefits of plant-based living. Their efforts not only help each of us live healthier lives but are also crucial for the health of our planet and the animals who live amongst us.

Happy National Nonprofit Day to all!

Rosane Oliveira, DVM, PhD

President & CEO, Plant-Based Life Foundation | Dr. Rosane Oliveira combines a lifelong passion for nutrition with 25 years of genetics research to create programs that help people develop healthy habits on their journey towards a more plant-based lifestyle. She is a Visiting Clinical Professor in Public Health Sciences and was the founding director of the first Integrative Medicine program at the UC Davis School of Medicine. She completed her postgraduate studies in Brazil and did her postdoctoral training in immunogenetics and functional genomics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.