What makes a third sector organisation tick? Interactions of foresight, enterprise, capability and impact (2010)

This briefing paper summarises the findings of the second working paper from the Northern Rock Foundation Third Sector Trends Study (TSTS). It reports on ‘TSO50’, a study of 50 Third Sector Organisations (TSOs) in North East England and Cumbria.

The aim of the study is to explore how TSOs of different types change over time in response to:

  • external circumstances which are largely beyond their control (such as the political and economic environment)
  • the dynamics of their own organisation (which is affected by, for example: organisational mission, practices, resources and impact)
  • changing beneficiary needs, or perceptions of need, in a complex social market.

This report is tagged under:

  • Civil society
  • Philanthropy stats & trends
  • Understanding philanthropy