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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.

Research blog

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
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 2nd 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 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... Read more
Download PDF Third Sector Forecast 2019Download The sector continues to face the twin challenges of increasing demand against a backdrop of funding challenges, particularly shrinking public sector budgets and the direct and knock-on effect of local authority cuts on voluntary... 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
Our new interactive data hub pulls together all the basic data on the third sector such as how many organisations there are, how many employees, what they do, and where they are. What’s new is that you can now filter data yourself to find out things like – how many people work in... 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