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1. There are an estimated 10 million (non-governmental organizations) NGOs worldwide.
Source: The Global Journal

2. The number of people worldwide donating money to NGOs increased from 1.2 billion in 2011 to 1.4 billion in 2014. By 2030, the number is expected to grow to 2.5 billion.
Source: Charities Aid Foundation

3. The term “non-governmental organization” was created in Article 71 of the Charter of the newly formed United Nations in 1945. An NGO can be any kind of organization provided that it is independent from government influence and is not-for-profit.
Source: GrantSpace

4. Three out of four employees in the NGO sector are female, but the majority of leadership positions at NGOs are still predominately held by men.
Source: HR Council

5. There are more than 600,000 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Australia whose employees make up 8% of Australian workforce. However, only 60,000 of these NGOs are registered with the ACNC.
Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission

6. With over 3.3 million non-governmental organisations, India has approximately one NGO for every 400 people.
Source: Infochange

7. The NGO sector in Kenya represents more than 290,000 full-time employees and volunteers of which 80% are under the age of 24.
Source: Devex

8. There are more than 129,000 public-benefit foundations in Europe. Combined these non-governmental organisations (NGOs) give more than 53 billion euros annually.
Source: Donors and Foundations Networks in Europe

9. Eighty-four percent of Canadians donate to non-governmental organizations with an average individual donation of $446 per year. In total, that is $10.6 billion donated to NGOs by Canadians every year.
Source: Imagine Canada

10. One out of every ten people in the United States works for a non-governmental organization (NGO). Thus, the NGO workforce is the third largest among U.S. industries, behind only retail trade and manufacturing.
Source: John Hopkins University

11. The estimated value of volunteer is $23.07 per hour. Thus, the value of the 7.7 billion hours of volunteer work performed by 62.6 million Americans, or 25.4 percent of the adult population, in 2013 was $173 billion.
Source: Independent Sector

12. Eighty percent of global citizens agree that nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) make it easy to be involved in positive social change.
Source: Walden University

13. If NGOs were a country, they would have the 5th largest economy in the world.
Source: John Hopkins University

14. There are more than 1.5 million NGOs in the United States that combined contribute 5.3% to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Source: National Center for Charitable Statistics


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