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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.


Our research team conducts and collates research about the voluntary sector in Scotland. We explore the sectors make-up, reach, and the issues that impact our sector. 

Our research team's statistics and reports inform our policy and campaigns influencing work.  The aim of our work is to ensure that our sector is understood and to promote the many contributions of our sector in Scotland. 

Research View the latest sector stats

There are over 46,000 voluntary organisations active in Scotland

89% of voluntary organisations are local

35% of organisation are in rural or remote areas

In 2021 the voluntary sector in Scotland had a turnover of £8.5 billion

In 2021 voluntary sector spend was £7.9 billion

7 in 10 charities saw income and spending drop in 2021

1,182,000 people volunteered with organisations in 2020

Scotland's voluntary sector employs 135,000 paid staff

Women make up 64.5% of the sector's workforce

Research posts

We ensure that research, evidence, and statistics about Scotland's voluntary sector are robust and accessible to everyone with an interest in the sector.

Evidence Library

A resource for anyone interested in learning about the voluntary sector in Scotland.