Philanthropy Impact

Inspiring philanthropy and social investment across borders, sectors and causes

Glossary

Glossary

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That portion of a charity’s income funds set aside for essential, but as yet unidentified, future expenditure.

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Assets or income which are restricted for a particular use, such as a donation made to a charity specifically for a bursary or a named project run by the charity.

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A business that integrates commercial objectives (growth, profits) with a social, ethical or environmental mission.

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A social enterprise is a business with primarily social objectives whose surpluses are principally reinvested for that purpose in the business or in the community, rather than being driven by the need to maximise profit

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A social entrepreneur is someone who uses the skills to create and develop business, commonly associated with private business, to achieve a social purpose.

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A social firm is a business set up specifically to create good quality jobs for people disadvantaged in the labour market.

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Social investment as any type of investment that combines social and financial returns. This encompasses a wide range of activities across the financing spectrum, from lending to charities to

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Ethical or socially responsible investment (as well as responsible and sustainable investment) are terms used to describe any area of the financial sector where the social, environmental and ethica

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Spending out refers to a time-limited foundation spending all or part of its capital assets in furtherance of its charitable objectives. Known as ‘spending down’ in the USA.

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The collective name for charities, voluntary, non-government and campaigning organisations. Also known as the voluntary and community sector (VCS).

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To contribute a tenth of one's annual income to charity, especially for the support of the clergy or church.

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Total return refers to the overall benefit of an investment. It includes both income and capital growth.

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An organisation which offers support to, and coordination of charities sharing a common interest (i.e. in a particular sector or geography). Umbrella groups are often membership bodies.

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Funds which can be used for the general purposes of a charity. See restricted funds.

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An approach to charitable giving that applies venture capital investment principles – such as long-term investment and hands-on support – to the citizen sector.

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See glossary entry for Third sector.

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