voluntary organization

  

Definition

One which relies on occasional or regular volunteers for its operations, and may or may not have paid staff. A volunteer organization is characterized by (1) autonomy from the State, (2) self-governance through a board of unpaid trustees, (3) membership that is neither inherited nor prescribed, (4) aid from philanthropy, (5) benefit for or service to non-members, and (6) not-for-profit orientation.

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