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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

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

The figures below are from SCVO’s Sector Stats 2022. As well as an overview of the latest key stats we’ve taken a more in-depth look into six highlights. Most charity accounts analysed for the Sector Stats 2022 covered the period April 2020 to March 2021 and show the financial... Read more

This 3rd edition of our popular guide for young people about to leave school or at university (and anyone else) interested in working or volunteering in the voluntary sector includes new sections reflecting what young people told us they want to know most. Co-produced with young... Read more

This briefing gives an overview of the financial profile of the regulated Scottish voluntary sector in 2018, giving us a baseline for understanding sector funding and assets pre- and post-Coronavirus. It covers Scottish charities, housing associations and credit unions. All the... Read more

This paper gives a summary of some of the key issues that Coronavirus is having on voluntary organisations, from the start of the crisis up until 20 May 2020. The paper pulls together data from a range of surveys and intelligence gathered by third sector organisations and... Read more

Second year's analysis of UK Gov gender pay gap data, comparing the Scottish third sector against 1. Scottish public and private sectors 2. UK third sector FINDINGS - 53 qualifying Scottish charities were analysed, employing a total of 35,508 staff. - Scottish charities are... Read more

This Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) briefing uses data from thousands of jobs advertised on its recruitment site goodmoves to create an extensive guide looking at salaries within Scottish charities. The report also links to data from the Annual Population... 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 dropped. The... Read more