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Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs): Introduction

Introduction

A Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) or Civil Society Organization is any organization not established by government agreement. They comprise the "third sector" of modern society, in addition to the public and private sectors.  For more background see What is an NGO? by Peter Willetts at City University, London. The NGOs listed in this guide are selected samples for educational purposes.

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Search Engines & Directories

Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) information on the Internet can be located using the following directories  and the NGO search engine below.

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Foundations Directory. Funding sources for non-profit grant providers. Includes U.S. foundations, corporate giving programs, and public charities.

Gale Directory Library. Directories of organizations (including the Encyclopedia of Associations & National Directory of Nonprofit Organizations) with statistics.

Guide Star. Profiles, data and general information on Nonprofit organizations. Includes information on IRS-recognized tax-exempt organization and thousands of faith-based non-profits. Data provided by 990 forms, other IRS sources and by the nonprofits themselves.

Idealist.Org. Includes a directory organizations by name, mission, focus country and more.

Global Go To Think Tank Index Reports.  Annual Reports from an international survey of scholars, donors, policy makers, and journalists to rank think tanks.

TakingITGlobal. International non-profit centered on young people. Good source of NGO information by country and area of focus.

WANGOWorldwide directory of Nongovernmental organizations searchable by country and area of interest.

Find NGO Publications

CGS PolicyArchive. Good resource for a range of full-text documents produced by think tanks (non-profit research organizations) in the United States.

Eldis. Information service providing free access to research on international development issues. Includes  summaries and links to research and policy documents.

IssueLab. Thousands of searchable publications and reports in the social services sector.

PAIS International. Books, journals, government documents, research and conference reports, and web sources related to public policy, politics, economics, and social issues. 

Policy Archive.  Archive of global public policy research with summaries, full text, videos, reports, think tank material, & university, government, and foundation-funded research. 

Project Muse. Scholarly content in the humanities and social sciences, includes many publications from overseas institutes and think tanks.

Think Tank Search Engine. From Harvard Kennedy School Library.

NGO Accountability

Charity Navigator.  Nation's largest evaluator of charities: objective, numbers-based rating system to assess America's best-known charities.

Charity Watch.  "Dives deep" to  inform users how efficiently a charity uses donations to fund programs.

Guide Star. Profiles and data on Nonprofit organizations. Includes information on IRS-recognized tax-exempt organization and thousands of faith-based non-profits. Data provided by 990 forms, other IRS sources and data provided by the nonprofits themselves

International Aid Transparency Initiative. Seeks to improve the transparency of aid, development, and humanitarian resources in order to increase their effectiveness in tackling poverty.

Source Watch. Tracks corporate front campaigns and think tanks funded by lobby groups, etc, posing as non-partisan groups.

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