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Organization Types and Subtypes

Below is a list of the organization types and subtypes available when registering your organization (or updating your organization record) at TechSoup. Use this list as a reference to locate the best match to your organization's activities. We've included descriptions for the most frequently registered types of organizations.

Religious Activities

  • Church, synagogue, and so on — Any place of worship.
  • Other religious activities — Organizations engaged in a broad range of religious activities, including bible camps or organizations that provide religious training.
  • Additional mission types in this category:
    • Association or convention of churches
    • Religious order
    • Church auxiliary
    • Mission
    • Missionary activities
    • Evangelism
    • Religious publishing activities

Schools, Colleges, and Related Activities

  • School, college, trade school, and so on — Formal academic or educational institutions.
  • Private school — Private and parochial (religious) academic schools. 
  • Educational services — Organizations that provide educational programs within the formal educational system or offer them as an adjunct to the traditional school curriculum.
  • Remedial reading and encouragement — Literacy organizations for children.
  • Additional mission types in this category:
    • Special school for the blind, handicapped, and so on
    • Nursery school
    • Faculty group
    • Alumni association or group
    • Parent or parent-teachers association
    • Fraternity or sorority
    • Other student society or group
    • School or college athletic association
    • Scholarships for children of employees
    • Scholarships (other)
    • Student loans
    • Student housing activities
    • Other student aid
    • Student exchange with foreign country
    • Student operated business
    • Other school related activities

Cultural, Historical, or Other Educational Activities

  • Library – 501(c)(3) public libraries — A noncommercial public library, granted 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, supported with public funds, whose services are offered free of charge to the general public. Most public libraries do not have 501(c)(3) status.
  • Library – non-501(c)(3) — A noncommercial public library, without 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, supported with public funds, whose services are offered free of charge to the general public.
  • Literary activities — Organizations that conduct activities related to books, including Friends of Libraries organizations.
  • Cultural performances — Performance centers, dance studios, music groups, theaters, symphony orchestras, or opera organizations. (Choral groups should use "Singing society or group.")
  • Arts and culture — Includes support organizations for arts-based nonprofits (Friends of Museum organizations, etc.).
  • Humanities — Organizations that promote the study, teaching, or appreciation of the humanities (archaeology, art history, history, modern and classical languages, philosophy and ethics, and theology and comparative religion).
  • Additional mission types in this category:
    • Museum, zoo, planetarium, and so on
    • Historical site, records, or reenactment
    • Monument
    • Commemorative event (centennial, festival, pageant, and so on)
    • Fair
    • Community theatrical group
    • Singing society or group
    • Art exhibit
    • Cultural exchanges with foreign country
    • Genealogical activities
    • Arts education
    • Visual arts
    • Performing arts schools
    • Historical organizations
    • Historic societies and historic preservation
    • Arts services
    • Other cultural or historical activities

Other Instructional and Training Activities

  • Giving information or opinion — Organizations that provide consultation, training, and other forms of management assistance services. Includes organizations whose primary purpose is to conduct research or public policy analysis.
  • Other instruction and training — Adult literacy organizations; vocation or technical schools; or organizations that provide employment preparation, adult education, or classes outside the academic setting.
  • Additional mission types in this category:
    • Publishing activities
    • Radio or television broadcasting
    • Producing films
    • Discussion groups, forums, panels lectures, and so on
    • Study and research (nonscientific)
    • Apprentice training
    • Employment preparation and procurement
    • Goodwill Industries

Health Services and Related Activities

  • Nursing or convalescent home — Inpatient facilities, also known as convalescent hospitals and nursing homes, that provide skilled nursing and personal care over an extended period of time for the elderly.
  • Care and housing for the aged — Organizations that offer skilled nursing, personal care, and additional services for the elderly. (For senior housing and retirement communities, see Housing Activities. For senior centers, choose "Supplying money, goods or services to the poor.")
  • Health clinic — Applies only to U.S. public health clinics that are listed on the Health Resources and Services Administration website.
  • Rescue and emergency service — Search and rescue squads, disaster preparedness, and relief services. 
  • Aid to persons with disabilities — Organizations that provide or coordinate a variety of programs and services for people with disabilities, including independent living centers or services.
  • Community health planning — Organizations that inform the public of health and safety hazards and measures for furthering the early detection, treatment, or rehabilitation of people who have an illness, injury, or disability.
  • Family planning — Organizations that provide assistance for people who want to control the size of their families and the spacing of their children, either through some form of birth control or naturally.
  • Hospice — Organizations that provide palliative and supportive services, including medical care, pain and symptom management, home nurse visitation, case management, counseling, and bereavement services for terminally ill people who are in the final stages of their illnesses and for members of their families.
  • Patient and family support — Organizations that provide support services to patients and their families. Programs can include social and recreational activities for people who are recovering from surgery or a serious illness and supportive services for children who are ill and for their families.
  • Additional mission types in this category:
    • Hospital
    • Hospital auxiliary
    • Rural medical facility
    • Blood bank
    • Cooperative hospital service organization
    • Nurses register or bureau
    • Scientific research (diseases)
    • Other medical research
    • Health insurance (medical, dental, optical, and so on)
    • Prepared group health plan
    • Mental health care
    • Group medical practice association
    • In-faculty group practice association
    • Hospital pharmacy, parking facility, food services, and so on
    • Reproductive health care
    • Other health services

Scientific Research Activities

  • Contact or sponsored scientific research for industry
  • Scientific research for government
  • Other scientific research activities

Business and Professional Organizations

  • Professional association — Membership-based learned societies, professional councils, and other organizations that bring together individuals or organizations with a common professional or vocational interest.
  • Additional mission types in this category:
    • Business promotion
    • Real estate association
    • Board of trade
    • Regulating business
    • Promotion of fair business practices
    • Professional association auxiliary
    • Industry trade shows
    • Convention displays
    • Research, development, and testing
    • Professional athletic league
    • Underwriting municipal insurance
    • Assigned risk insurance activities
    • Tourist bureau
    • Other business or professional group

Farming and Related Activities

  • Farming
  • Farm bureau
  • Agricultural group
  • Horticultural group
  • Farmers' cooperative marketing or purchasing
  • Financing crop operations
  • Dairy herd improvement association
  • Breeders association
  • Farmland preservation
  • Other farming and related activities

Mutual Organizations

  • Mutual ditch, irrigation, telephone, electric company
  • Credit union
  • Reserve funds or insurance
  • Mutual insurance company
  • Corporation organized under an Act of Congress
  • Other mutual organization

Employee Membership Benefit Organizations

  • Fraternal Beneficiary society, order, or association
  • Improvement of conditions of workers
  • Association of municipal employees
  • Association of employees
  • Employee or member welfare association
  • Sick, accident, death, or similar benefits
  • Strike benefits
  • Unemployment benefits
  • Pension or retirement benefits
  • Vacation benefits
  • Other services or benefits to members or employees

Sports, Athletic, Recreational, and Social Activities

  • Country club
  • Hobby club
  • Dinner club
  • Variety club
  • Dog club
  • Women's club
  • Hunting or fishing club
  • Swimming or tennis club
  • Other sports club
  • Community center
  • Community recreational facilities (park, playground, and so on)
  • Training in sports
  • Travel tours
  • Amateur athletic association
  • Fundraising athletic or sports event
  • Other sports or athletic activities
  • Other recreational activities
  • Other social activities
  • Special Olympics

Youth Activities

  • Scouting (except Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts) — Programs that provide opportunities for children and youth to develop individual and group initiative and responsibility, self-reliance, courage, personal fitness, discipline, and other desirable qualities of character through participation in a wide range of activities.
  • Prevention of cruelty to children — Organizations that deal specifically with the prevention of child abuse through educational interventions. (Includes court-appointed special advocates.)
  • Combat juvenile delinquency — Organizations that offer a variety of activities for youth who have demonstrated or are at risk for behavior that is likely to be unlawful or to involve them in the juvenile justice system.
  • Youth development programs — Programs that provide opportunities for children and youth to participate in recreational, cultural, social, and civic activities through membership in clubs and other youth groups.
  • Additional mission types in this category:
    • Boys Club, Girls Clubs, Little League, and so on
    • FFA, FHA, 4H club, and so on
    • Key club
    • YMCA, YWCA, and so on
    • Camp
    • Care and housing of children (orphanage, and so on )
    • Youth centers and clubs
    • Big Brothers and Big Sisters
    • Youth development — business
    • Youth development — citizenship
    • Other youth organization or activities
    • Boy Scouts
    • Girl Scouts

Conservation, Environmental, and Beautification Activities

  • Preservation of natural resources (conservation)
  • Combating or preventing pollution (air, water, and so on )
  • Land acquisition for preservation
  • Soil or water conservation
  • Preservation of scenic beauty
  • Wildlife sanctuary or refuge
  • Garden club
  • Computer refurbishers
  • Other conservation, environmental, or beautification activities

Housing Activities

  • Housing for the aged — Organizations that provide residential options exclusively for older adults who want to have a simpler, maintenance-free lifestyle and enjoy the company of peers with common interests, or who require a moderate amount of support in the activities of daily living to maintain independence.
  • Additional mission types in this category:
    • Low-income housing
    • Low- and moderate-income housing
    • Instruction and guidance on housing
    • Home improvement and repairs
    • Other housing activities

Inner City or Community Activities

  • Area development, redevelopment, or renewal — Organizations that focus broadly on strengthening, unifying, and building the economic, cultural, educational, and social services of an urban community or neighborhood.
  • Attracting new industry or retaining industry in an area — Organizations that provide technical assistance, loans, loan guarantees, and other forms of assistance to support the development and growth of a variety of business establishments in the community.
  • Community service organization — Organizations that conduct fundraising events to finance community service projects and whose members are business and professional men or women or other individuals who have a common interest in improving the community.
  • Additional mission types in this category:
    • Homeowners association
    • Other activity aimed at combating community deterioration
    • Community promotion
    • Loans or grants for minority businesses
    • Crime prevention
    • Voluntary firemen's organization or auxiliary
    • Other inner city or community benefit activities

Civil Rights Activities

  • Defense of human and civil rights
  • Elimination of prejudice and discrimination
  • Lessen neighborhood tensions
  • Other civil rights activities

Litigation and Legal Aid Activities

  • Public interest litigation activities
  • Other litigation or support of litigation
  • Legal aid to indigents
  • Providing bail
  • Plan under IRC section 120

Legislative and Political Activities

  • Propose, support, or oppose legislation
  • Voter information on issues or candidates
  • Voter education (mechanics of registering, voting and so on)
  • Support, oppose, or rate political candidates
  • Provide facilities or services for political campaign activities
  • Other legislative and political activities

Advocacy / Attempt to Influence Public Opinion Concerning:

  • Firearms control
  • Selective Service System
  • National defense policy
  • Weapons systems
  • Government spending
  • Taxes or tax exemption
  • Separation of church and state
  • Government aid to parochial schools
  • U.S. foreign policy
  • U.S. military involvement
  • Pacifism and peace
  • Economic political system of the U.S.
  • Anticommunism
  • Right to work
  • Zoning or rezoning
  • Location of highway or transportation system
  • Rights of criminal defendants
  • Capital punishment
  • Stricter law enforcement
  • Ecology or conservation
  • Protection of consumer interests
  • Medical care service
  • Welfare systems
  • Urban renewal
  • Busing students to achieve racial balance
  • Racial integration
  • Use of intoxicating beverage
  • Use of drugs or narcotics
  • Use of tobacco
  • Prohibition of erotica
  • Sex education in public schools
  • Population control
  • Birth control methods
  • Legalized abortion
  • Other matters

Other Activities Directed to Individuals

  • Supplying money, goods, or services to the poor — Includes human services, social service agencies, multipurpose family support organizations, homeless shelters, food banks and other free food services, and senior centers.
  • Additional mission types in this category:
    • Gifts or grants to individuals (other than scholarships)
    • Other loans to individuals
    • Marriage counseling
    • Family planning
    • Credit counseling and assistance
    • Job training, counseling, or assistance
    • Draft counseling
    • Vocational counseling
    • Referral service (social agencies)
    • Rehabilitating convicts or ex-convicts
    • Rehabilitating alcoholics, drug abusers, compulsive gamblers, and so on
    • Day care center

Activities Purposes and Activities

  • Gifts, grants, or loans to other organizations — Organizations that raise and distribute funds for multiple organizations.
  • Nonfinancial services of facilities to other organizations — Organizations that provide all forms of support, except for financial assistance or fundraising, for other organizations.
  • Additional mission types in this category:
    • Community Chest, United Way, and so on
    • Booster club Common Code 11

Other Purposes and Activities

  • Fundraising — Organizations that exist as support and fundraising entities for a single institution or multiple organizations.
  • Private grantmaking foundation — Nongovernmental, nonprofit organizations with funds (usually from a single source, such as an individual, family, or corporation) and programs managed by their own trustees or directors.
  • Private independent foundation — Private foundations that make grants based on charitable endowments. Because of their endowments, they are focused primarily on grantmaking and generally do not actively raise funds or seek public financial support. They are typically endowed from a single individual or family.
  • Private operating foundation — Private foundations that use the bulk of their resources to provide charitable services or run charitable programs of their own.
  • Additional mission types in this category:
    • Cemetery or burial activities
    • Perpetual care fund (cemetery, columbarium, and so on )
    • Emergency or disaster aid fund
    • Community trust or component
    • Government instrumentality or agency
    • Testing products for public safety
    • Consumer interest group
    • Veterans activities
    • Patriotic activities
    • Domestic organization with activities outside the U.S.
    • Foreign organization
    • Title holding corporation
    • Prevention of cruelty to animals
    • Achievement prizes or awards
    • Erection or maintenance of public building or works
    • Cafeteria, restaurant, snack bar, food services, and so on Thrift ship, retail outlet, and so on
    • Book, gift, or supply store
    • Advertising Common Code 02
    • Association of employees
    • Loans or credit reporting
    • Endowment fund or financial services
    • Indians (tribes, cultures, and so on)
    • Traffic or tariff bureau
    • Section 501(c)(1) with 50% deductibility
    • Government instrumentality other than section 501(c)
    • 4947(a)(2) Trust
    • Prepaid legal services pan exempt under IRC section 501(c)(20)
    • Withdrawal liability payment fund 990 Section 501(k) child care organization
    • State-sponsored workers compensation reinsurance
    • 501(n) Charitable risk pool
    • 529 Qualified state-sponsored tuition
    • 501(k) Child care