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"Non-profit organizations" – what's behind the abbreviation NGO?

Gepostet am 26 April 2019

NGOs make headlines. Again and again, they come into the limelight when they work where nobody else can or wants to get involved. Whether it is the conservation of natural areas, humanitarian missions in war and crisis areas or political education and education, NGOs are an important part of civil society. But what is an NGO?


NGO Handshake


The abbreviation "NGO" includes the term "non-governmental organization" - in German is also NGO or "non-governmental organization" common. An NGO needs to meet a variety of criteria to live up to its name. It must be privately organized and independent. An organization that claims independence, but ultimately is sponsored by interest groups, can not claim independence. Just as important as the independence of economic and / or political stakeholders is a non-profit orientation. In order to be able to call themselves NGOs or NGOs, an organization must therefore renounce the claim to profits and may not distribute any profits to its members. That should ensure independence.

What do NGOs do?

Non-governmental organizations are active in many areas of social and social life. They are committed to the rights of groups, especially the rights and protections of the weak and disadvantaged - such as many NGOs involved in child protection or women's rights. But also for people with disabilities, for victims of justice, for seniors, NGOs are involved - and of course currently for the victims of conflicts and for refugees. The list could be extended considerably.

In addition to the protection and representation of individual groups, NGOs can also move in the social and political spheres, point out and fight against the abuse of power and the right of way.

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

How do NGOs finance themselves?

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

This does not mean, however, that the members or employees of an NGO would not be paid. Especially where elaborate work is done, where specialists and experts are needed, NGOs are fully empowered to pay well for their salaried and freelance employees according to local standards. This is offset by the honorary members or employees who work free of charge or for a compensation for expenses.

Revenue from successful projects

Financing through products from own projects is also legitimate for an NGO. For example, anyone who campaigns for a vocational training project may sell the craft products that are the result of project work - to generate revenue for further activity and to bring tangible proof of success to the market. In any case, it is important that the money generated is returned and serves to finance further activities of the NGO.

At NIKIN, we want to help ensure that the work of NGOs who are strong in forest and nature conservation reaches the consumer. And that each one of you has the opportunity to contribute straightforwardly and directly to nature. Our special love and attachment applies to the forest and its inhabitants. Trees clean the air we breathe and the water we drink. Forests are the most important biodiversity reserves. That's why we work with OneTreePlanted and BOS.


Since 2014, our partner OneTreePlanted has been reforging areas that have been deforested by deforestation, forest fires and other environmental disasters worldwide. The mission: one dollar per tree. In North and South America, Africa and Asia, OTP's tree planters are active and plant trees that are suitable for the region and can thrive there. We at NIKIN make sure that they do not run out of money for forest afforestation. With each product purchased from us, a tree is planted!

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BOS Switzerland has been committed to protecting the last orangutans of Borneo since the 1990s - and preserving the tropical forests in which they live. In addition to rescuing and rehabilitating the animals, work also focuses on working in the community - because only when people understand why the animals' habitat is important to them can species protection and nature conservation be implemented in the long term.




And that's how NIKIN works

Each of our customers sponsors a tree with their purchase. Every month, the sums collected from our sale are forwarded to our partners OneTreePlanted and One-Tree-One-Life / BOS Switzerland. Then it is not immediately planted, because the afforestation takes place seasonally at various locations worldwide. So anywhere in the world, in the months following your purchase, your tree is planted by hand. You will not be able to see or visit it - but for your contribution, you will receive your personal certificate as a tree sponsor with your NIKIN product. And to stay true to our principles, we largely do without paperwork such as invoices - where something is printed, we use "tree-free" paper made of sugar cane or similar materials. So that we consistently think of nature conservation. 

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