15 Facts you need to know about NGOs Worldwide


  1. Globally, there are 10 million non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
  2. NGOs are so wealthy that, if all of them are combined into a country, it would have the 5th largest GDP.
  3. In year 2015, 31.5% people of the world donated to charity and 24% of them volunteered.
  4. To be an NGO, an organization needs to be free from any state influence and have to be not-for-profit. The term “non-governmental organization” was created in Article 71 of the Charter of the United Nations in 1945.
  5. Around 75% of NGO workers are women. However, most of the posts are still held by men.
  6. In US there are about 1.4 million NGOs that have 11.4 million people as employees.
  7. About 84% people in Canada make donations to NGOs, with each person donating 446 dollars, which makes it $10.6 billion in total.
  8. There are 62% women employed in NGOs in Brazil, but they are given one-third of the wages as compared to their male counterparts.
  9. India has one NGO for every 400 persons, making it over 3.3 million NGOs in total.
  10. There are more than 129,000 public-benefit foundations in Europe. Combined these non-governmental organizations (NGOs) give more than 53 billion euros annually.
  11. In UK, NGOs have the stats of 165,000 registered charities, 948,000 employees, 943,000 trustees, and 3,200,000 volunteers.
  12. The Hague, Netherlands is the International City of Peace and Justice and home to 160 non-governmental organizations that employ more than 14,000 people.
  13. Approximately 40 percent French people are donating in NGOs and out of them 22% donate regularly.
  14. Percentage of people that globally think that NGOs bring positive change in society is 80%.
  15. In Asia Pacific, 53% citizens make donations to NGOs with a share of : Thailand (71%), Vietnam (70%), and Hong Kong (65%).

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