AP Style rules hold that you should capitalize the full names of organizations and institutions. For example,
- the American Red Cross
- First Presbyterian Church
- Ford Motor Co.
- Yale University Theological School
- the Procrastinators Club
- the Society of Professional Journalists
Retain capitalization if “Co.,” “Corp.,” or a similar word is deleted from the full proper name. For example,
- General Motors Corp.
- General Motors
Capitalize the names of major subdivisions. For example,
- The Chevy Motor Division of General Motors.
Use lowercase for internal elements of an organization when they have names that are widely used generic terms. For example,
- the board of directors of General Motors
- the board of trustees of the University of Michigan
- the history department of Yale University
- the sport department of the Daily Citizen-Leader
Capitalize internal elements of an organization when they have names that are not widely used generic terms. For example,
- the General Assembly of the World Council of Churches
- the House of Delegates of the American Medical Association
- the House of Bishops and House of Deputies of the Episcopal Church
Retain capital letters when commonly accepted practice flops a name to delete the word “of.” For example,
- Harvard School of Dental Medicine
- Harvard Dental School
Do not, however, flop formal names that are known to the public with the word “of.” For example,
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Massachusetts Technology Institute.
Abbreviation and Acronyms
Some organizations and institutions hare widely recognized by their abbreviations. For example,
- Alcoa, GOP, NAACP, NATO.
For guidelines on when such abbreviations may be used, see the individual listings and the AP Style Abbreviations page for further guidance.