Non-Profit Organizations Research Guide

This guide is for students conducting introductory research in the area of non-profit organizations in the United States.


Nonprofit organizations can be also known as not-for-profit organizations, non-business entities, or nonprofit institutions.   They are legal entities organized and operated for a collective, public or social benefit, in contrast with an entity that operates as a business aiming to generate a profit for its owners. This research guide includes resources that cover various areas of nonprofit law. For more information about nonprofit topics, consult the Georgetown Main Campus Library's Nonprofit Research Guide.

If you are researching for a seminar paper, our Research Strategies for Seminar Papers & Journal Notes guide will be very helpful to you. It will guide you through the different steps of research, from choosing a topic to preemption checking to focusing your research.

Members of the Georgetown University community in need of Research Help may submit questions live online via Chat with a Librarian during reference hours or Request a Research Consultation appointment to discuss more in-depth research with a librarian. Librarians are available to help most of the year.  Please look at the Law Library's Reference hours to get the most current reference availability hours.  

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Update History

Updated 04/2009 (LS)
Updated 03/2022 (IS)
Updated 10/2023 (JAS)