Nongovernmental, nonprofit organizations that are established to maintain or aid social, educational, religious or other charitable activities primarily through grants using assets which are usually contributed by a single source such as an individual, family or corporation. Private foundations may be general purpose or have giving programs that reflect a particular interest.
Nonprofit organizations that derive their funding or support primarily from a broad segment of the general public to carry out their social, educational, religious or other charitable activities serving the common welfare; and are exempt from federal income tax as allowed for charitable organizations according to Canada Revenue Agency. Public charities are the recipients of most foundation and corporate grants, and some also provide grants.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.