Organisations that operate for the purpose of social wellbeing rather than profit are deemed charitable. These not for profit enterprises are run privately or publically to serve the public interest or common good. Typically charities represent religious, cultural, and social groups and engage in a range of activities to raise funds to support their cause.
Public trust and confidence of New Zealand's charitable sector is regulated by Charities Services. They register and monitor charities, encourage good management practices and an independent Charities Registration Board meets regularly to apply the law and make decisions regarding the charitable status of organisations.
Over 27,000 charities are registered in New Zealand with an annual income of over $16 billion. Over 9 million hours are spent on charitable activities each year, over 30% of which are volunteer.