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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.

You're a charity! What next?

Congratulations on becoming a registered charity in Scotland. You’re joining a vibrant sector, doing important work. Even if you're still waiting to hear the outcome of your application, there's lots that you can do to think about your next steps and secure your organisation's future.

At SCVO, we’re here to support you, promote the contribution your organisation makes and work towards developing a confident, sustainable voluntary sector in Scotland.

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Our vibrant membership community is made up of charities, voluntary organisations, social enterprises, and many other organisations and individuals who contribute to shaping the future of the voluntary sector in Scotland and have access to exclusive membership benefits and networks.

Charities with income of under £100,000 are eligible to join SCVO for free. When you're getting up and running as a charity membership benefits, including access to free legal and HR advice and specialist advice from our Information Service team, can help support you in your journey.

Learn more about our membership benefits and find out how to join.

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Our information on running your organisation

Now that you’re up and running as a charity, we can offer lots of support on how you can run your organisation. What you do next depends on what kind of services you're providing, who you're working with and what you want to achieve but here are some of the things you might need to think about.


No matter what kind of work you're doing, it's likely you'll need some finances to do it. We've got information on what kind of funding you can look for, how to give your applications for grants the best chance of success, and ideas of lots of kinds of fundraising:

Funding Scotland is SCVO's funding database, giving you high quality information on available funds and making it easy for you search by topic, area, types of funding and beneficiaries. We keep it up-to-date to make it as easy as possible for you to find great opportunities. SCVO members can access premium content and functionality:

"Our aim is to get more structured, get more new people in, get our training package in place. This month we’re doing pyrography, so I’m there every week teaching people how to draw on wood. We were making fairy doors yesterday – all kinds of things. It’s hard work, but it’s enjoyable."

Anne Muir, The Bird Box Community Workshop

Good governance

Your management board, your trustees, have a vital role in setting the direction of your organisation and making sure you're on track to achieve your aims. We have lots of support to help you develop a great board, including:

Employing staff and creating a healthy workplace culture

Our comprehensive guidance on all things HR will help you make sure you have what you need in place to take staff on, understand your responsibilities and work towards a healthy and effective workplace culture:

Day-to-day running of your organisation

There's lots to think about to make sure your charity is working well, and we've got the information you need. Find out more about:

Clare MacGillivray

"The big challenge for us is how do we secure a bit more sustainable funding so that we can bring on more staff and grow the way that we want to. It really has taken us since we were incorporated a year or 18 months just to get things like the policies and procedures in place. It's now about starting the grassroots work in earnest, and we've got a couple of projects starting, which is brilliant."

Clare MacGillivray, Making Rights Real
Last modified on 5 September 2022
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