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The term “Third Sector Organisations” is used to describe organisations that are neither public sector nor private sector. It includes voluntary and community organisations (both registered charities and other organisations such as associations, self-help groups and community groups), social enterprises, mutuals and co-operatives.

Third Sector organisations are generally:

  • independent of government.
  • ‘value-driven’. (motivated by the desire to achieve social goals (for example, improving public welfare, the environment or economic well-being) rather than the desire to distribute profit; and
  • reinvest any surpluses generated in the pursuit of their goals. 
  • Third Sector organisations are sometimes called ‘not-for-profit organisations’.

Benefits from working with Third Sector organisations:

Public services can gain significantly from working with Third Sector organizations, for example:

  • Understanding of the needs of service users and communities that the public sector needs to address
  • Closeness to the people that the public sector wants to reach
  • Ability to deliver outcomes that the public sector finds it hard to deliver on its own
  • Innovation in developing solutions, and
  • Performance in delivering services.

Third Sector organisations speak out for people and their needs to the public sector and to wider society. Shakiry Charity for Social Solidarity aims to achieve this through our Citizen Care and Advice Centres in Iraq.  Our Centres provide a local, drop-in advice service for disadvantaged people (especially widows and orphans), the ill and disabled, the poor and destitute.  We are a “voice for the people” with local government.


There are many ways to support and contribute towards promoting the welfare of Third Sector Organisations:

  • Donate Online (either as a once off donation, or by setting up a regular monthly direct debit to support those in need)
  • Donate by post (i.e. cheques)
  • Donate by telephoneDonate by recycling clothing and household items to charities
  • Shop donation boxes (normally strategically placed at till check out points) 
  • Payroll Giving (Donations made by this method are taken directly from your gross pay. This means that for every £1 you give, it will only cost you 80p (60p if you pay the higher tax rate. The taxman will pay the charity the difference! So your donation effectively costs you less and we receive more.) Register here
  • Corporate and Company giving (Social Responsibility Programmes)
  • Leaving a Gift (Legacy) in your Will
  • Donate in memory of a loved one
  • Volunteer (Voluntary workers provide invaluable financial benefit toward supporting Third Sector Organisations. Volunteers make it possible for Third Sector Organizations to maximize their income in support of their chosen cause, as they do not have to consider payment of salaries.  Volunteers enable an organization to do more, increases the organizations skill base and reach further into the community. 
  • Gift Aid:  Donations by individuals to charity or to community amateur sports clubs (CASCs) are tax free. This is called tax relief.  Donating through Gift Aid means charities and CASCs can claim an extra 25p for every £1 you give. Charities can claim Gift Aid on most donations, but some payments don’t qualify. 

The tax goes to you or the charity. How this works depends on whether you donate:


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