7 Acronyms for the charity sector that mean almost the same thing

Civil Society Organisations
Third Sector Organisation
Voluntary and Community Organisation
Charities and Social Enterprises
Voluntary and Community Sector
Voluntary, Community and Faith Sector
Voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations. Particularly popular with the Coalition government.

Outside of registered charities, the boundaries of the sector can start getting fuzzy, and data is harder to come by. This is a methodological challenge for the NCVO Civil Society Almanac.

Update... in the 2012 Almanac we published this diagram to attempt to answer the question "What is Civil Society?"

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