Synthesis Paper


As we all have learned these past eight weeks, there are three sectors in the leisure services delivery system. They are the Profit/Commercial, Non-profit, and Public. We have also learned some very interesting facts on how each of these three sectors operate. This included their missions/goals, target market, funding, programs/services, and issues that they faced. Each sector can be alike in some ways and very different in others, but they all come together to provide excellent leisure services around the world.


Each company or organization under each of these sectors took on a mission statement when they were created. This is usually a philosophical statement representing the organizations motives and principles. Each of these sectors mission statements are alike in a way because all of them in some way promote happiness, growth and well-being to all who come in contact with these organizations. The mission statement gives the organization identity and instills certain values in


all who work for a particular organization, to uphold the values within the mission statement.


The difference in these mission statements are the goals that lie within the mission statement. For instance, the primary goal of the profit/commercial sector is profit, to make lots of money. Therefore, they make necessary adjustments to achieve that. Which is done through certain charges for permits, taxes, and more, which will be discussed later in the funding portion. The non- profit sectors main goal is to promote togetherness and community involvement in some way. Therefore their missions and goals are more community and family oriented and promoting well being as opposed to a drive for money. The public sector is based on what is best for the public as a whole. This includes the upkeep of nature and all things that we as the general public encounter. This is mostly carried out through public parks and similar organizations.


Each of these organizations also picks a target market, which is a group of individuals that may


exhibit the most interest in the services offered by each of these sectors. They are alike in that each sector targets any individual who is willing and able to participate in their programs. They are different in that the profit/commercial sector is looking for individuals to spend some money for their benefit. While the non-profit sector is targeting youth and adults who need recreation and opportunities for fellowship and usually no one is turned away. The public invites everyone in the community or the public to participate and some times require fees to do so, but it is not the main motive.


Each of theses sectors need money to exist in some way, they may not all get it the same way, but it is necessary to operate. The commercial sector gets the majority of its money through various charges such as: licenses, permits, equipment, loan cost, taxes and other methods. The commercial sector makes up 90% of spending in recreation. The resource base for the non-profit sector is mainly based on membership and programming fees. The rest of its funding lie scattered


between contributions, united way and other unknown sources. These organizations, unlike the public and commercial sectors, do not accept any support from the government.


There are a variety of different programs and services that each of these programs offer. Each of these sectors focus on providing an enjoyable experience for anyone who participates in the activities they provide. Most non-profit organizations provide family and community services such as fraternal organizations, sports, religious, academic, boy’s girls clubs and many other activities. The commercial sector provide services like Traveling and tourism, and foodservices.


All of these sectors face certain problems that they constantly have to overcome. These problems include money, membership, and revenue, etc… Non-profit organizations usually have to deal with problems concerning: donations, gifts, scholarship fees, and fundraising. The commercial sector has to deal with problems concerning: competition, equipment,


maintenance of goods, social responsibilities, and ethical considerations as with the public sector, which has a few that deal with public parks and services.


Each of these services have a variety of likes and differences but their main goal is to provide leisure services and enjoyment to all people even if they charge you or provide the service or offer it free. It is up