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.
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