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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.

Policy blog

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
Our analysis of the voluntary sector’s pre-COVID finances, published today, highlights a complex patchwork funding landscape of fundraising, trading, contracts, grants and reserves, all of which have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic in different ways. The complexity of... Read more
CAF’s third report on giving in Scotland 2019 has just been published offering us another fine slice of insight into how the Scottish public supports good causes. First up, money.  For the third year in a row, the number of people in Scotland giving money to charities... Read more
The number of new charities set up in 2017 was higher than ever, but financially it’s a mixed picture of winners and losers. Growth has been in the right direction, but for many it’s been pretty anaemic. Our new interactive data hub has pulled together the latest financial data... Read more
How are you feeling about 2019? Once again we're giving third sector colleagues and organisations the chance to tell us what you think next year's biggest challenges and opportunities will be. What you tell us will help us get a better idea of the issues that matter the most to... Read more
Survey finds that the public’s trust in charities has dropped, but also highlights some positives, and areas for improvement OK, given that this week is The Gathering and a celebration of charities, let’s start with some good news! Trust and confidence in charities remains high... Read more
Volunteers: we all love them, we all want them, but are there enough to go round? In our recent Sector Forecast, 61% of respondents told us they were planning to recruit more volunteers in 2017. One in three small charities and two in three larger charities hoped to see their... Read more
Survey shows large numbers of staff want to leave the third sector due to low pay, short-term contracts and stress. Read more