NGO stands for non-governmental organizations and these are also not for profit. Many times these are run by civilians and volunteers.
These organizations represent things that the government either won’t or can’t do.
Many of them are affiliated with the UN and most of them are legit. They can be local, regional, national or international.
Quick List of Organizations
The Chicago area has many NGOs but with so many of them, how do you know what ones there are and what kind of services they deal with? This is a quick overview of just a few of them that provide services to the Chicago area or are headquartered there.
- The La Leche League International promotes the healthy development of infants and encourages mothers that choose to breast feed. They use a mentoring system that allows for mother to mother support and distributes information. It was founded on October 17, 1956 by seven women.
- CARE (Cooperative for American Relief Everywhere Emergency Aid) is a leading organization in battling world poverty and hunger. They focus on women because they have the opportunity to influence an entire family. By improving education they can be instrumental in helping prevent the spread of disease.
- The Hunger Project has the goal of training both men and women in leadership skills and educating them about world hunger. They use holistic strategies, and they believe in human dignity and gender equality. Instead of just giving them food, they teach people how to get and grow their own food.
- Institute of Cultural Affairs believes that culture is at the center of almost everything. They promote peer to peer exchange to build up human development worldwide. Subjects they work with are taught how to become more productive in farming, and lumbering. This is done with curriculum and extra curricular activities.
- YMCA, Chicago promotes the strengthening of people by teaching them to work together. It does not matter what your age is, your income of your class. They strive to assist people with their whole body, mind and spirit. They also help kids realize their full potential and prepare them for college.