Is stichting only used in the sense of a type of organization? Is it also used as say, the foundation of a building?
I keep coming across or hearing the translation "foundation" - that may be the technical translation, but don't we tend to use the word "a charity" for any non-profit organisation?
I'm not too sure what the difference between charity and foundation is, but in Dutch een goed doel (lit. a good cause) is a charity, een stichting is a certain organisation form, a legal term. Most goede doelen are a stichting. The organisation form stichting is treated in a certain way by regulation, taxes, supervision. Other organisation forms are b.v., n.v. (which are listed on a stock exchange) and v.o.f. in the Netherlands v.z.w. and b.v.b.a. in Belgium, inc. and ltd. in English speaking countries.
thanks, Susande. There is a technical difference (I had to look it up) in so far as a foundation allocates funds to other organisations, whereas a charity may spend the funds directly. But in everyday speech, I think you tend to hear 'charity' banded around.
FYI: it's "bandied around" rather than "banded around". Just thought you would want to know.
I do! Thanks so much - it's one of those things I say but have never read!!