|NGO Guidelines for Good Policy and Practice (Commonwealth Foundation)|
|Part I: NGOs: what they are and what they do|
|3. NGOs defined|
There is sometimes an uneasiness about the use of the term NGO. It is a negative term, defining organisations by what they are not, rather than by what they are. In some countries non-governmental is taken to imply anti-governmental. Some people therefore prefer the use of terms such as voluntary organisation, private voluntary organisation, or the American terms non-profit organisation or not-for-profit organisation.