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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.

Organisational development

To survive, every voluntary organisation needs to develop. Organisational development is the name given to interventions that aim to help an organisation to grow and change, such as quality or performance improvement. Organisational development can mean a number of things:

  • more: extending existing service, growing staff/volunteer base
  • better: developing people, learning from mistakes, updating equipment
  • the same: if funding or resources are scarce
  • different: diversifying or specialising

In the past many funders only funded direct project costs, and not core costs such as organisational development. However some funders, such as the National Lottery Community Fund now provide funding for core organisational costs or capacity building, proportionate to the specific activities they are funding. This is known as Full Cost Recovery.


Last modified on 25 May 2022
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