As the biggest and one of the wealthiest cities in the United States, New York City is going to attract its share of NGOs. Some will be organizations dedicated to aiding the citizens of New York City itself, while others seek to help people and communities in other countries. Similarly, New York’s NGOs represent a diverse array of concerns from women’s rights to protecting rainforests to helping the poor.
In addition, New York City has existed in one form or another since 1624, and some of the organizations that call it home will also be venerable. For example, the National Council of Women of the US, which was established in the 1880’s, was founded largely by women who had been part of the abolitionist movement.
List of NYC NGOs
Amnesty International USA (AI USA) is the largest country section of Amnesty International, an organization dedicated to protecting and promoting human rights. Since its inception in the 1960’s, Amnesty International has opposed torture and fought for the release of prisoners of conscience, men and women who have been imprisoned either because of their beliefs or their membership in a despised minority.
The New York Foundation supports advocacy and community organizing in New York City. It gives grant money to organizations, usually newly-formed, that seek to help disadvantaged neighborhoods and communities in New York City. The Foundation was established over 100 years ago.
Although the Rainforest Foundation US is headquartered in New York, it does most of its work in Central and South America. It seeks to protect both the rainforests and the indigenous people who live on them by clearly establishing the legal rights of the latter to ownership of the forests in which they live.
The National Council of Women of the US has existed for 125 years. It began as an organization dedicated to gaining women’s suffrage. It now works to gain human rights for all women throughout the world, especially those in poor communities or countries.
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) began life as the American branch of Europe’s International Relief Association. It was established in 1933 as per Albert Einstein’s recommendation to help refugees fleeing the Nazis. Ever since then, the IRC has helped refugees rebuild their lives.