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A benefit received from a nonprofit by private interests. Section 501(c)(3) requires that a charity be organized and operated exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific and other purposes which serve the general public. Any benefit enjoyed by private interests must be "incidental" in both a qualitative and quantitative sense to the overall public benefit gained. If the private benefit is not incidental, the nonprofit could lose its tax-exempt status. See also, private inurement, self-dealing, and excess benefit, which are similar terms, but carry different consequences.

Synonyms: private benefits
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private benefits