Every area of life has its own
jargon and the third sector (who?) is no different. Sometimes this is
useful as it acts as a shorthand for everybody. But, if you don’t
know then it can be confusing and this can put us off from becoming
involved. So, in an attempt to bring a little light to the topic we
have put together a few explanations and definitions.
– used in funding it means items like goods, equipment or
Groups – usually
smaller not-for-profit groups run by volunteers and small numbers of
staff, if any.
– this is where a group of organizations come together to work in
partnership on a project. It could be informal or have a written
– used in funding it means the costs that your organization has to
keep it going, for example rent, utilities, some salaries.
– how you are going to look at what you do and see if it is working
as well as it can.
Cost Recovery –
used in funding it means including everything that goes into
delivering your project. So this means including a portion of the
rent, rates, utilities or manager’s time in the budget as well as a
direct cost (volunteer expenses, equipment, food, sessional worker
and so on. Not all funders will consider FCR.
– this stands for General Data Protection Regulations and is the
latest law around how organizations collect, store and use
information about people. It can appear complicated but for most
organizations the rules and how to use them are simple.
Documents – this
is your rule book, your bible, the document which tells you how you
operate. There are different words and types but they all do the same
thing: constitution – usually for small groups, charities and
charitable incorporated organizations, community interest companies;
memorandum and articles of association – for companies limited by
all around, wrap around, looking at the whole person or problem
rather than a particular aspect.
– used in funding it means non-money contributions, for example
volunteer time, materials donated.
– this is the what you need to do what you do. The ingredients for
your service or project. These could be; salaries; volunteer
expenses; equipment; vehicle rental; venue rental; gas and electric
for your premises; sessional workers.
– acting together, different departments or organizations talking
together and exchanging information.
– this is the process where you keep track of what you are doing
(how much – quantitative): how many sessions do you run? how many
people do you help? What are the ages of the people you help? Where
do they live? Monitoring also keeps track of the quality of your
work: how many people were satisfied with what you did? How did it
make them feel? Did it make life better for them?
– an organization whose purpose is to help people and not to get
money. This will includes social enterprises where the money they
make in profit will go back into the community rather than to a
manager or shareholder.
– this is the change that you make when you do what you do. It
means more of the good things and less of the bad things. Examples
could be; an increase in physical activity; a reduction in people
feeling lonely; fewer teenage pregnancies; a community is feeling
more connected. Outcomes are important as funders want to know what
changes your project will do, they need to have an idea of how what
you do will make things better.
– this is what you do – your services, your delivery. This could
be; advice sessions; lunch clubs; litter picking sessions; music
lessons for people.
– used in funding it means the costs for items such as salaries,
rent, insurance and so on rather than actual goods.
users – this is
another term for your clients or customers – the people you help.
Sector – this is
one of the many ways that we describe ourselves. It changes from time
to time (who knows why?) and we have been the VS (voluntary and
community sector and are nowadays VCSE (voluntary, community &
social enterprise) Sector is used. It probably change again.
Groups – usually
larger not-for-profit groups that will employ staff but will usually
have volunteers as well.
you can see when these terms are explained they are quite simple and
you will soon be throwing them into your everyday conversation. If
you want to talk about any of the above then drop a line to me on
07910 360624 or firstname.lastname@example.org.