Sitawi publishes unprecedented research on Brazilian NGOs


With 300,000 NGOs, which annually receive R$ 10 billion, Brazil can be considered the country of the third sector. However, if we do a brief analysis, we will see that on average, each of these organizations receives only R$ 33 thousand per year, an insignificant amount to generate a considerable social impact.

Unlike the United States, for example, Brazil does not have much statistical data. For this reason, Sitawi decided to carry out the study ?Scenario of Brazilian NGOs?, where 236 organizations in 17 states were surveyed. Among the various topics researched, social business was one of the most important, as it showed a paradox between welfare and 3rd sector entities that are seeking to be self-sustainable by generating their own revenue.

Sampling proved that less than half, that is, 48% have some activity that generates financial resources, against 52% who survive only with donations from third parties. Of those that have an activity, 52% of these are related to the provision of services. The data presented demystify the myth that carrying out a social business can deviate from the main objective/mission. For 65% of those surveyed, commercial activity is or significantly contributes to the mission. However, 34% makes no profit or even a loss on sales.

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