Voluntary nonprofit associations, also known as fraternal societies or benefit associations, that are organized for the mutual aid and benefit of their members. Fraternal orders have a lodge system of organization, a representative form of self-government and do business in confidential meetings which often involve secret ritual. They generally provide death benefits and, in some cases, benefits related to accident, illness or old age, mainly through a form of insurance known as fraternal insurance; and many undertake community improvement, educational, religious or other charitable projects as part of their activities.
Organizations whose members are business people who have affiliated for the purpose of making contacts and developing mutually beneficial relationships that will further their own business interests and those of other members. Business networking groups provide opportunities for exchanging business information, ideas and support; and may be structured for young professionals, business women, international business people, organization executives, professional consultants or other specific populations.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.