Organization and institutions

  • Capitalize the full names of organizations and institutions: the American Medical Association, First Presbyterian Church.
  • Subsidiaries: Capitalize the names of major subdivisions: the Pontiac Motor Division of General Motors.
  • Internal Elements: Use lower case for internal elements of an organization when they have names that are widely used generic terms: the board of directors of General Motors.
  • Capitalize internal elements of an organization when they have names that are not widely used generic terms: the General Assembly of the World Council of Churches.
  • Flip-flopped names: Retain capital letters when commonly accepted practice flops a name to delete a word of: College of the Holy Cross = Holy Cross College.
  • Abbreviations & acronyms: Some organizations and institutions recognized by abbreviation: GOP, NAACP, NATO