Civic organizations are comprised of people who join together to provide a service or services to their community. Non-profit organizations are considered civic organizations because they are formed for the purpose of servicing a public or mutual benefit other than the pursuit or accumulation of profits for its owners or investors. Non-profit organizations take various forms, such as charities, foundations, social welfare or advocacy groups, professional/trade associations, and religious organizations.
Examples of Civic Organizations
The best way to explain civil organizations is to provide examples of their myriad types, including the American Cancer Society, Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of the United States of America, and Rotary International.
The American Cancer Society, founded in 1913 by 15 New York City physicians and businessmen, is a nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service. Its activities include providing grants to researchers, running public health advertising campaigns, organizing projects such as the Relay For Life and the Great American Smokeout, and operating thrift stores to raise money for its operations.
The Boys Scouts of America provides a program for young boys to build character, train them in the responsibilities of citizenship, and develop personal fitness. Boy Scouts activities are funded through membership dues and approved money-earning projects, such as the sale of popcorn.
Who hasn’t helped support the Girl Scouts of the United States of America by buying Thin Mints and other cookies from young girls selling door-to-door? The Girls Scouts was founded in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low organized the first Girl Scout troop in Savannah, Georgia. The organization’s mission is to build girls with courage, confidence, and character, and to make the world a better place. Girls in the United States and abroad participate in troops and groups in more than 92 countries through USA Girl Scouts Overseas.
Rotary International prides itself on being the world’s first service club organization, with 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary club members volunteer to work locally, regionally, and internationally to promote peace, battle hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, and eradicate polio.