О динамике институтов гражданского общества в Нижегородской области и Санкт-Петербурге. Гражданское общество и некоммерческие организации
The concept of civil society has taken on a new dimension in connection with the development of the sector of non-profit organizations, or "the third sector". Under the non-profit (third) sector is the collection of the (system of) population groups and organizations, do not put before ourselves the purpose of increasing personal income directly through participation in the work of such groups and organizations or through their ownership of (non-profit organisations or NGOs). The main function of such organizations is, to one degree or another, the expansion of the limits of freedom and empowerment of the population of authority, involvement of the public in the process of social change, the development of social protection.