The term ’Community Service Organisations’ (CSOs) denotes small-medium organisations within the broader ’Not-for-Profit’ (NFP) segment of the ’Third Sector’. CSOs are NFPs that are: a) smaller in terms of size; b) typically active in the broad ’Human Services’ (i.e. health, welfare, education/training, housing/accommodation, community development, community Legal Center etc).
Provide a definition of what a CSO is. Then, provide a contrast of this sector against the other sectors (Public/Government) and Private/Business)? Provide examples in each area to illustrate. What are some of the challenges and/or opportunities unique to CSOs? Choose three (3) characteristics and discuss. Take one of the examples from point 2 and elaborate on how this impacts on both ’Governance’ (Board) and ’Approach’ (Management).
The nature of Community Service Organisations and their role in the community sector