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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.


Ben Cairns (co-founder and director of IVAR) and Chris Mills (Research Associate at IVAR) explore what strategic charity reserves management means and its benefits, in their latest blog for Small Charity Week 2023. 'We’re a small charity with a small turnover. We know we’re... Read more
Guidance on effective grant management relationships between Scottish Government and third sector grantholders. Read more
Giving by companies can be difficult and time-consuming, and you need to decide your ethical policy before making any approach. Check that a company's business values or practices don't conflict with what your organisation stands for. Look at the business news and your local and... Read more
Individual and community giving can provide a significant income source that organisations can use to support core and running costs. Though often overlooked as an income source by small organisations because people have difficulty in directly asking for support, there are a... Read more
Finance and fundraising strategies will need to adapt to the changes caused by the pandemic. You may need to budget for increased costs and review income forecasts. Your board may want to consider a more flexible approach to using any restricted reserves the organisation... Read more
From the early days of the Coronavirus pandemic funding was made available to the voluntary sector to support work across Scotland. This was provided through a mixture of independent funders, UK wide emergency funds and Scottish Government Funding.  ... Read more
As part of their Fundraising Essentials series, the Chartered Institute of Fundraising have a helpful video about building a case for support. Read more
As part of their Fundraising Essentials series, the Chartered Institute of Fundraising have a video about developing a fundraising strategy. Find out why you need one, how to develop targets, and the ten questions you should ask about your fundraising goals. Read more
Ensure you include all the required documents as it may make your application ineligible if you forget something. However, don’t send more information than you are asked for or include lots of extra documents. If the funder needs to know more, they will ask. Read more
A well thought out and reasonable budget shows the funder that your activity is credible and helps to continue building trust with them. It can be a separate attachment or part of the main proposal. Your budget should be realistic so make sure you do your research and check your... Read more