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Research Shows New York City is America's Capital for Int'l Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs)

Study to Be Discussed April 23 at Baruch College


NEW YORK, NY-April 17, 2015 - On April 23, a panel of researchers will discuss a three-year study conducted at the Center for Nonprofit Strategy and Management of the School of Public Affairs (SPA) at Baruch College. The study found:

  • New York City is home to 12.6% of the nation’s international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) -- more than any other American city, including Washington DC.
  • NYC INGOs collectively are larger and older than the national average.
  • NYC INGOs have a broader scope than the national average. Most INGOs fall into one of three categories: International Development & Assistance, International Understanding, or International Affairs. More than 27% of NYC INGOs fall outside those categories, compared to only 14.6% nationally.
  • 22% of NYC INGOs indicate Israel as one country where their programs focus. The next largest country of focus is India (5%).

“Other studies have examined INGOs on a national basis, but this is the first to focus on an individual city,” said Cristina M. Balboa, lead researcher and an Assistant Professor at Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs (SPA). “Over the years, INGOs have become increasingly important players in international policy-making and implementation. This study demonstrates that New York City’s NGO sector reflects the city’s unique history and diverse population. The data in this study will be useful to anyone interested in New York City’s role as a global city.”

Balboa’s co-authors are Ava Berman, a recent SPA graduate and an Excelsior Service Fellow with New York State; and Laurel Welton, Assistant Director of Performance Analytics for the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs, and an alumna of SPA.

At 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 23, the study will be discussed by a panel including Balboa; George Biddle, EVP, International Rescue Committee; and Jacques Sebisaho, Founder, Amani Global Works and a Fellow at The Aspen Institute. SPA Associate Professor John Casey will moderate.

Admission is free, but space is limited and RSVP is required: or 646-660-6743. An advance copy of the study is available at


About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 18,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 4 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to



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