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The Centre for Voluntary Sector Research was founded in 1998 to bring together a key interest in the voluntary sector in two different parts of the University. Over the years our work has expanded considerably, and now includes core members spread across all four faculties of Sheffield Hallam.

Because of the interdisciplinary nature of our work, all members of CVSR are also members of a specific faculty within the University, including in many cases a faculty-based research centre. This is deliberate - we do not wish to lose our links with colleagues in our own disciplines, but our core linkage is a specific interest in voluntary organisations, or some aspect of their work.

Terms: Voluntary Sector, Third Sector, Charity Sector

We use the term 'voluntary sector' on a wide basis to refer to organisations established on a not-for-profit basis, and normally governed on a voluntary basis. This can include community organisations, faith-based organisations, co-operatives, social enterprises and not-for-profit organisations in other specialist sub-sectors.

Our staff are particularly interested in the role and impact of voluntary organisations, the governance and structures of organisations, public service provision by third sector organisations, and many other issues. The acronym 'VCS' is a widely used abbreviation for the voluntary and community sector as a whole.

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