"Non-Profit Organisationen" - was steckt hinter dem Kürzel NGO? - NIKIN EU

“Non-profit organizations” – what does the abbreviation NGO mean?

NGOs make headlines. They repeatedly find themselves in the spotlight when they work where no one else can or wants to work. Regardless of whether it is about the preservation of natural areas, humanitarian operations in war and crisis areas or political enlightenment and education, NGOs are an important part of civil society. But what exactly is an NGO?

NGOs are making headlines. They repeatedly find themselves in the spotlight when they work where no one else can or wants to work. Regardless of whether it is about the preservation of natural areas, humanitarian operations in war and crisis areas or political enlightenment and education, NGOs are an important part of civil society. But what exactly is an NGO?

 

NGO Handshake

 

Behind the abbreviation “NGO” is the term “non-governmental organization” - in German, NRO or “non-governmental organization” is also common. An NGO must meet various criteria in order to live up to the name. It must be privately organized and independent. An organization that claims to be independent but is ultimately sponsored by interest groups cannot claim independence. A non-profit orientation is just as important as independence from economic and/or political stakeholders. In order to be able to call itself an NGO or NGO, an organization must renounce the right to profits and may not distribute profits to its members. This is intended to ensure independence.

What do NGOs do?

Non-governmental organizations are active in many areas of social and societal life. They are committed to the rights of groups, especially the rights and protection of weak and disadvantaged people - there are numerous NGOs that are committed to child protection or the rights of women. But NGOs also work for people with disabilities, for victims of the justice system, for senior citizens - and of course currently strongly for the victims of conflicts and for refugees. The list could be extended considerably.

In addition to protecting and representing individual groups of people, NGOs can also operate in the social and political sphere, pointing out and combating abuse of power and perversion of the law.

NGOs are also important in animal and nature conservation. As independent advocates, they stand up for fellow creatures who have no voice and strive to protect the beauty and riches of the planet.

How do non-governmental organizations finance themselves?

Since NGOs are not allowed to distribute profits, many of them rely on donations. Another source of income is membership fees, which are incurred where an NGO is organized as a non-profit organization. Since non-governmental organizations in particular have a high demand for independence and transparency, effective public relations work that is at the same time acceptable to the ethics of the organization and the absolutely correct use of the funds raised are of the utmost importance - the credibility of an NGO stands or falls with it.

However, this does not mean that the members or employees of an NGO are not paid. Especially where complex work is carried out and specialists and experts are needed, NGOs are authorized to pay their employed and freelance employees well in accordance with the usual national standards. On the other hand, there are volunteer members or employees who work free of charge or in return for reimbursement of expenses.

Income from successful projects

Financing through products from its own projects is also quite legitimate for an NGO. Anyone who supports a vocational training project can, for example, sell the craft products that result from the project work - in order to generate income for further activities and to bring tangible evidence of success onto the market. In any case, it is important that the money generated is returned and used to finance further activities of the NGO.

We at NIKIN want to help ensure that the work of NGOs that are committed to forest and nature conservation reaches consumers. And that each of you has the opportunity to contribute easily and directly to preserving nature. Our special love and connection is with the forest and its inhabitants. Trees clean the air we breathe and the water we drink. Forests are the most important reserves for biodiversity. That's why we work with One Tree Planted and BOS.

One Tree Planted

Our partner One Tree Planted has been reforesting areas around the world that have been deforested by deforestation, forest fires and other environmental disasters since 2014. The mission: one dollar per tree. OTP's tree planters are active in North and South America, Africa and Asia and plant trees that are suitable for the respective region and can thrive there. We at NIKIN ensure that you don't run out of money for forest reforestation. A tree is planted with every product purchased from us!

One Tree Planted

BOS

BOS Switzerland has been campaigning for the protection of the last orangutans on Borneo since the 1990s - and the preservation of the tropical forests in which they live.  In addition to rescuing and rehabilitating animals, a focus of the activity is working in the community - because only if people understand why the animals' habitat is important to them can species protection and nature conservation be implemented in the long term.

 

BOS

 

And this is how NIKIN works

Each of our customers sponsors a tree with their purchase. Every month, the amounts collected from our sales are forwarded to our partners One Tree Planted and One-Tree-One-Life/BOS Switzerland. Then planting is not done immediately, because reforestation takes place seasonally at various locations around the world. So somewhere in the world in the months after your purchase your tree will be planted by hand. You won't be able to see or visit it - but for your contribution you will receive your personal certificate as a tree sponsor with your product from NIKIN. And to stay true to our principles, we largely avoid paperwork such as invoices - where something is printed out, we use “tree-free” paper made from sugar cane or similar materials. So that we consistently think nature conservation through.
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