Nongovernmental public charities that operate grants programs which benefit individuals or organizations that have no direct relationship with the foundation as one of their primary purposes. Public foundations are often established to raise and distribute money around a particular topic or population group. Some focus on specific populations such as women or children. Others concentrate their giving on the arts, health, social change or any number of issues at a local, regional, national or international level. Some public foundations receive funding primarily from an ethnocultural or religious community, but their grantmaking programs may extend beyond this particular community of interest.
Nonprofit, nongovernmental agencies that are organized on a national, provincial or local basis and supported primarily by voluntary contributions from the public at large, which are engaged in a program of service, education and research that relates to a particular disease, condition or disability or group of diseases, conditions or disabilities. The primary activity of voluntary health organizations is to raise funds for health related research.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.