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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.

Scottish Governance Code & checkup

The Scottish Governance Code for the third sector sets out five core principles and key elements of good governance for the boards of charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises, whatever their shape, size or activities. The Code encourages trustees to look at, and improve, their governance, and is supported by practical resources. It is a tool to support continuous improvement and strengthen the effectiveness of governance across the third sector in Scotland. It provides a standard for us all to aspire to.

How good is your organisation's governance?

Our brand new Good Governance checkup tool guides you through the principles of the Code, asking you a series of questions about your organisation and giving you a personalised action plan at the end. Your board can use the checkup to identify areas where you're doing well, check where you can improve and monitor your progress over time.

Use our Good Governance tool now