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World NGO Day was born in London, the brainchild of Marcis Liors Skadmanis. It is an international calendar day held on 27th February every year to celebrate, commemorate and collaborate with the various Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) around the world. Officially recognized and declared by the 12 member countries of the IX Baltic Sea NGO Forum of the Council of the Baltic Sea States in 2010 and first time marked by the UN, EU leaders and international organizations in 2014.

History of NGO Day

World NGO Day is an international calendar day annually observed on the 27th of February. World NGO Day aims to inspire people to become more actively involved within NGOs — charities, Non-Profit Organizations (NPOs), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) — and encourage a greater symbiosis between NGOs and both the public and private sector. The universal concept of the World NGO Day is Celebrate, Commemorate and Collaborate the various NGOs around the world, and the people behind them.

World NGO Day is a day for NGOs around the globe to share knowledge and experiences with one another. It aims to educate individuals worldwide on NGOs and their impact. The World NGO Day provides an opportunity to honor and remember NGO founders, employees, volunteers, members and supporters.

How to celebrate NGO Day


  1. #WorldNGODay – Spread the word.
  2. Cooperating with local schools/universities to run a simulated World NGO Day events for students and pupils to learn about issues at NGOs or opportunities, from local charities to international movements.
  3. Organizing activities to raise awareness, such as sharing messages with the community via online, TV, Radio, newsletters or local newspapers.
  4. Hosting celebratory events to raise awareness and funds.
  5. Organizing an NGO “Exchange” event to swap goods and ideas with others. Showcasing the achievements of NGOs through events or awards.

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A day for NGOs around the globe to share knowledge and experiences with one another. An opportunity for education, enabling individuals worldwide to understand more clearly what NGOs are doing for society locally, nationally and internationally.

An international symbol that displays the efforts and achievements of all NGOs from all sectors. An opportunity to inspire people to consider a career within the third sector.

An opportunity for individuals to learn more about the people behind NGOs. An opportunity for NGOs to discuss the issues that affect their work, and form partnerships that can resolve a mutual problem.

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