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Supporting Scotland's vibrant voluntary sector

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is the membership organisation for Scotland's charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. Charity registered in Scotland SC003558. Registered office Mansfield Traquair Centre, 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh EH3 6BB.

Ilse Mackinnon

Research Officer

Policy and Campaigns
I’m SCVO’s Research Officer and have a special interest in building the evidence base on the Scottish third sector to help understand the contribution made by third sector organisations. My main focus is on providing insights into the third sector’s activities, finances, workforce and volunteers, and how these are changing over time. Key projects and briefings SCVO State of the Sector annual research briefings, including Research Briefings, Scottish Third Sector Statistics and Sector Forecasts. Financial research – income sources, income growth areas, income types eg Government income; Social Enterprise; Grants; Donations; Assets. Workforce research – numbers of employees, gender, workers with disabilities, work patterns, job satisfaction, eg SCVO Workforce Survey

Latest posts by Ilse Mackinnon

The other week the Economy and Fair Work Committee published the findings of its enquiry into the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014, looking at the impact the Act has had over the last decade. The Committee found that while the Act has had a positive impact on increasing... Read more

As we moved out of peak Covid with its lockdowns and social distancing and into more of a recovery phase, the key financial trends based on our analysis of charity data for the period 2021-22 show a sector slowly returning to normal. Last year we pulled out six highlights for the... Read more

Individual giving via donations, legacies and fundraising was worth £1,133 m to the Scottish charity sector in 2021. The value of individual giving doubled over the last decade, in part thanks to time and effort invested by charities and voluntary groups in things like new... Read more

Back in 2015, SCVO and TFN surveyed around 1,000 sector workers about their experiences working in the voluntary sector. Eight years, four UK prime ministers, two referendums and a pandemic later, it was high time for a refresh. Last month GCVS and the Scottish Centre for... Read more

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