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The charity sector in England and Wales works for public or community benefit, rather than to maximise and distribute profit to owners or shareholders and can described in various ways, including the:
The sector is also broadly referred to as the 'charity sector'; this refers to thousands of charities registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales; Within this overarching sector, there are distinct types of organisation, including: charities, social enterprises, co-operatives/mutuals, community organisations, and socially-focussed businesses.
Charities have substantial financial privileges arising from being, by definition, public benefit organisations.
The main characteristics of a charity or not-for-profit organisation are:
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