As a private entity, civil association is known as a legal entity, which is not for profit, and whose main objective is to promote socio-cultural activities that tend to the common good.
It is constituted when a group of people agree to meet for a common purpose that does not have a commercial or economic nature. It is made up of natural persons, also known as partners.
Its objective is to gather and organize a group of people around activities that can be cultural, educational, sports or outreach, among others.
In civil associations, the functions of each of its members are well defined and their roles are conveniently distributed; the objectives are clearly defined and its operating rules established; for its coordination, on the other hand, a board of directors is elected.
Civil associations are legally constituted before a public administration body of the State, complying with the requirements and conditions of the legal framework in force in each legislation.
Examples of international civil associations are the Red Cross or the YMCA.
Civil Association and Civil Society
A civil association is not the same as a civil society. The civil association is a legal person whose objective is to promote various activities for the common good of society, without necessarily having the purpose of economic profit.
The civil society, however, is a legal entity created by two or more individuals collecting goods, money and industry, a lucrative target fundamentally, whose benefits all partners involved.