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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.


The SCVO research team conducts and collates research about the voluntary sector in Scotland. We explore the sector’s make-up, reach, and the issues that impact our sector.

Third sector tracker

All the latest results from our quarterly Tracker survey of hundreds of Scottish voluntary organisations.

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Facts & figures about the sector

All the key stats on the size and shape of the Scottish voluntary sector, from numbers of organisations to workforce data.

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Evidence library

Find research relating to the Scottish voluntary sector. Our library links to over 1,000 key reports produced by voluntary organisations, academics and the public sector.

Evidence library

Meet the team

Ilse Mackinnon

My main focus is on providing insights into the third sector’s activities, finances and people, and how these are changing over time. I'm the key contact for the Sector stats.

Steve Grozier

Social researcher with experience of leading programmes of research for the public and voluntary sectors. Joined SCVO in 2020, developed and leads on the Scottish Third Sector Tracker for SCVO and partners.