Middle and end NGOs: discover the difference between them

NGOs are non-governmental organizations, a classification that encompasses several entities that work to promote social, environmental and economic transformation. This means that they are institutions created independently to address issues of society and the environment that are not fully addressed by the government. 

Thus, there are different types of organizations and activities within the so-called ?Third Sector?. The focus is on the good you do and not the profit you get. Although the goal is the same, there are several ways to achieve it. Below are the different types of Third Sector organizations:

Types of Brazilian NGOs:

  • Foundations

They are NGOs created from assets donated by an individual, family or company. 

  • Civil Society Organizations

They arise from the association of two or more people who come together to achieve a common social objective. 

  • cooperatives

They are service provider organizations that use their work to promote better living conditions for their members.

  • business institutes

Created by private companies to promote social and environmental impact through corporate philanthropy. 

  • Social Organizations (OS)

They are Civil Society Organizations that have legal qualification and depend on the approval of the public authorities. This is because they are in a specific role and need to have at least 20% from their government sector members. These entities are not for profit, but obtain government incentives.

  • Charitable social assistance entity

With the acronym CEBAS, this type of NGO receives government certification to work with social assistance. 

  • Public interest social organizations (OSCIPs)

Recognized by a certificate from the Ministry of Justice, these NGOs work with the management of social programs and projects through donations and funding from private and government institutions. Sitawi is an OSCIP that supports several other NGOs through the financial resources of our partners.

Middle and end activities

In each of these types of NGOs, different activities are carried out. The general classification for the performance of impact organizations is support activities and core activities, dividing these institutions between those that promote impact at the end and those that enable this impact to be achieved, through the mobilization of financial resources and professional training . Understand more:

  • Support activities

The NGOs that work in support activities are responsible for enabling the positive impact to happen, but they do not necessarily carry out these activities directly. For example, at Sitawi we support the management of financial resources and the strengthening of organizations so that practical projects get off the ground and become reality. 

With our expertise in financial management, people who carry out education, health, environmental conservation and social equity projects, among many others, can focus on developing activities and practical actions that promote this impact at the end, without worrying about how will get the capital to do them.

  • End activities

The core activities organizations are ?on the cutting edge?. This means that they have direct contact with the beneficiaries and carry out actions in practice. Our portfolio is full of funds, businesses and NGOs that carry out the sustainable management of products, protect and defend vulnerable social groups and support the education of children and young people, among several other causes. These are cases of core activities carried out by NGOs.

Different ways to promote positive impact

Regardless of the work carried out, as they are third sector organizations, the objective is the same: to promote positive socio-environmental transformation in the world. After all, activities aimed at health, education, the environment, among others, can only be carried out if they have an adequate administrative and financial structure that meets needs. In this way, both end NGOs – which work directly with social issues – and middle NGOs – which make these activities possible - collaborate for a common good.

It is worth noting that both Third Sector activities depend on partners, founders and donors to remain in operation. With this issue, the need to obtain donations arises.

The importance of donating

NGOs need financial support to fund their actions. In addition to those made by companies and families, it is possible for individuals to make donations that can help various organizations and causes.

Those who care about the future of the planet can make a difference through donation, enabling projects with a positive impact to guarantee their sustenance and perpetuity. Whether a means or end NGO, every donation makes a difference in everyday life.

With your donation, we make it possible for the positive socio-environmental impact to continue to be expanded in the country. 

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