In 1993 there were three cooperative organizations including one for cotton growers and one for shoemakers and leather workers. There were four employers' organizations as of that year. Of the employers' associations, the most important was the Higher Council of Private Enterprise (Consejo Superior de la Empresa Privada—COSEP). The Nicaragua Chamber of Commerce is in Managua. The Augusto Cesar Sandino Foundation offers technical and methodological assistance to grassroots organizations for local development.
National youth organizations include the Union Nacional de Estudiantes de Nicaragua, Juventud Sandinista 19 de Julio, the Scout Association of Nicaragua, and chapters of YMCA/YWCA. Fundacion Puntos de Encuentro is a national women's organization. The Red Cross is active.