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August 17th is National Nonprofit Day!

2017 August 17
by HandsOn Suburban Chicago

HandsOn Suburban Chicago was excited to hear that August 17 is being celebrated as National Nonprofit Day for the first time. It is acknowledged by the National Day Calendar.

National Nonprofit Day recognizes more than nonprofits’ primary altruistic goals (awareness, research, and aid); it also acknowledges the added positive impacts they have on communities and the world. For example, following the recent U.S. recession, in 2012 the nonprofit sector provided 5.4% of the nation’s entire GDP (gross domestic product), or $887.3 billion; continuously employing nurses, web developers, lawyers, computer engineers and more (sources: John Hopkins and Tactical Philanthropy Advisors reports).

What is National Nonprofit Day and why is it being recognized on August 17th.

The Tariff Act of 1894 signed into law on August 17, 123 years ago, imposed the first federal income tax on corporations, which included exemptions for nonprofit corporations and charitable institutions. With a few modifications, nonprofit exemptions remain a solid part of the law and have served significant benefits, both for communities and the economy.

How to Observe

The National Day Calendar suggests observing this day by taking some time to learn more about nonprofits. Understanding that the funding for these organizations often satisfies more than the mission statement will help us see the benefits of supporting nonprofit organizations.


HandsOn Suburban Chicago – 48 years of service to area nonprofits and schools.

Founded in 1969 as a nonprofit, HandsOn Suburban Chicago (HOSC) has a mission of “Connecting people with purpose”.  HOSC connects volunteers to area nonprofits and schools to help build their capacity to make positive change in our community. It also provides training for nonprofit staff in volunteer and nonprofit management to help strengthen and sustain their programs. HOSC services volunteers and clients in northern Cook and northern DuPage counties through an array of programs. Its main service area includes 44 towns and villages and 10 townships in the north and northwest suburbs of Chicago, reaching a population of over 1.4 million. View our website to see the extensive services we provide to area nonprofits and how HandsOn interacts with the community.


Please consider supporting a local nonprofit by volunteering through HandsOn Suburban Chicago.

To make a donation to keep HOSC’s vital community programs going click here.


History of National Nonprofit Day

Sherita J. Herring, a renowned speaker, best-selling author and business strategist, founded National Nonprofit Day to educate, enlighten and empower others to make a difference, while acknowledging those that are in the trenches, impacting lives every day – the Change-Makers of the World! Visit to find out more. #NationalNonprofitDay and #NND


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