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about NGOs

The phrase “non-governmental organization” came into use with the establishment of the United Nations Organization in 1945 with provisions in Article 71 of Chapter 10 of the United Nations Charter. The term describes a consultative role for organizations that are neither government nor member states of the UN.
 
NGOs have a long history dating back to at least 1839 but the importance of NGOs rise only at the 20th century. Since then NGOs are trying to solve many problems that governments either will not, or cannot solve. They have been working with the developing countries to improve their socio-economic condition including alleviating mass poverty, child education, child protection, health awareness, sanitation, family planning and many other issues.
 
In principle, an NGO does not have to register itself to perform charitable, welfare or developmental activities. However, there are some specific types of activities that can only be carried out if the NGO is registered under the country's specific acts or laws governing NGOs.
 
Today, according to the UN, any kind of private organization that is independent from government control can be termed an "NGO", provided it is not-for-profit, non-criminal and not simply an opposition political party.
 
A non-governmental organization (NGO) is a non-profit, citizen-based group that functions independently of government. NGOs, sometimes called civil societies, are organized on community, national and international levels to serve specific social or political purposes, and are cooperative, rather than commercial, in nature.
 
An NGO is recognized international if it has at least two foreign members (individuals or organizations). It should be open to all who conform with the regulations of its activities. The NGO itself is an organization not aspiring to make a profit, although it is free to carry on any economic, business or commercial activity, on the condition that any profits are used to finance the pursuit of the common- or public-interest objectives for which the NGO was set up.

While the term "NGO" has various interpretations, it is generally accepted to include private organizations that operate without government control and that are non-profit and non-criminal. Other definitions further clarify NGOs as associations that are non-religious and non-military.


Some NGOs rely primarily on volunteers, while others support a paid staff. As non-profits, NGOs rely on a variety of sources for funding, including membership dues, private donations, the sale of goods and services, and grants.
 
NGOs are not legal entities under international law, like states are.
about the VPA
 
The federal Volunteer Protection Act of 1997.  The VPA aims to promote volunteerism by limiting, and in many cases completely eliminating, a volunteer's risk of tort liability when acting for nonprofit organizations.
 
People who volunteer to assist nonprofit organizations or programs run the risk that their actions, while well-intentioned, may cause harm to another. If those actions are deemed negligent, the volunteer may face civil liability for damages caused by the negligent conduct.
 
The Act (S.543) was signed by President Clinton on 18 June 1997 and became effective ninety days thereafter. It was Pub. L. 105-19, 111 Stat. 221, and is codified at 42 U.S.C. 14501-05.
 
The VPA preempts (trumps) inconsistent state law, but allows
states to provide more liability protection for volunteers.