Definitions for "Public Charity"
a charity that is deemed to receive the major part of its support from the public (rather than from a small group of individuals)
an entity that is nonprofit, which has a primary purpose to provide assistance or service benefitting an indefinite portion of the public other than the nonprofit's own membership
A nonprofit, charitable, tax-exempt organization that is not a private foundation as defined by the IRS. Some public charities engage in grantmaking activities, but most engage in direct services to their communities.