The Non-Profit Sector and Volunteering
Author: Rafael Roter, Nira Shamai, Francis Wood Policy Research

Two broad systems have developed in the West for the allocation of economic resources. One system is characterized by free markets in which enterprises strive to earn profits; the other by the democratic process and the use of government departments or institutions.

Alongside these two sectors there has been a broad and varied group of organizations operating without the aim of earning profits. The activities and nature of these non-profit organizations differ both from those of organizations in the public sector and those in the private for-profit sector.

This paper appears as a chapter in the Center’s annual publication, Israel’s Outlays for Human Services 1984, and is available upon request.

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