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About Charities & Non Profits

What is a Charity or Non-Profit?

A Charity is a not-for-profit organization that has a philanthropic goal. The mission of a Charity is to benefit the general public through its work, which is often educational, religious, or organized around public interest activities. Charities can include churches, educational organizations, hospitals or medical research organizations, or organizations tied to public universities.

There are many types of Charities that focus on benefiting society and the general public. Some Charities are structured to help animals, either through supporting animal welfare, wildlife conservation, or in zoos and aquariums. Other Charities prioritize environmental causes or health issues such as medical research, public health risks, or treating the sick and disabled. Charities can also have educational missions, including serving as educational institutions or supporting students through funding.

International NGOs, or non-governmental organizations, are typically classified as Charities. They are organized around providing international development aid, disaster relief and humanitarian aid, or human rights advocacy and aid for children. Another major category of Charities is organized around arts and culture, such as museums and art galleries, performing arts organizations, libraries, and public broadcasting organizations. These Charities preserve artistic and cultural heritage and also serve an educational mission.

Charities have active fundraising programs and receive contributions from many different sources. Funding can come from the general public, the government, private corporations and foundations, or other Charities. At least a third of a Charity's financial support must come from the general public. This funding is used by the Charity to advance its goals. Charities can also raise money through events, product or membership sales, or grants. Grants can come from the government, foundations, or individuals, and they typically require an application process.

Charities are exempt from paying certain taxes because of the contributions they make to the public. As Non-Profit organizations, Charities do not declare a profit and instead use their revenue and fundraising to run the Charity and benefit the public interest. Legally, Charities can be organized in a number of ways to maintain their tax-exempt status. Contributions made to certain Charities, known as 501(c)(3) groups, are tax-deductible for the donors, while other Charities are exempt from taxes but donations are still taxed.