Nongovernmental Organization

Any civil organization or group, including voluntary groups, community groups, charities, trade unions, campaigns, and almost any other group that is not part of the government. Businesses and other profit-making entities are not included in this definition. While not exclusive of local efforts, NGO has a connotation of meso- and international-level activism and association in contrast to community-based organizations.

Synonyms: NGO, NGOs, Nongovernmental Organizations, Nongovernmental Organisation