NCVO is the largest network for charities and volunteering.
We represent and support over 15,000 voluntary organisations of all sizes, from the biggest household-name charities to the smallest community groups.
Our members range from big medical research charities to local amateur sports clubs. At their heart, they all have the aim of making the world around them a better place.
'I have led small start-up charities, medium-sized ones with big challenges and now a considerably larger charity – and at every turn NCVO has been there with insight, leadership and support.'
We're the biggest source of support for charities, community groups and social enterprises.
We’re constantly in touch with charities and working to give them the support they need.
- 3,000 people came to our training and events
- Over three million people visited our website for guidance
- Our practical tools and templates were downloaded more than 20,000 times
'Our project with NCVO’s Charities Evaluation Services has been a significant success. We have achieved far more than we thought possible and we have already recommended working with NCVO’s consultants to other charities.'
We’re relentlessly working for a better environment for charities and volunteering.
We’re the leading source of information and expertise on charities and volunteering.
We work to make sure the government supports charities, community groups, social enterprises and volunteering.
We've recently influenced the government's civil society strategy, the Charity Commission’s rules on accounting and how the NHS involves volunteers, and we've helped bodies such as the Information Commissioner’s Office and the National Cyber Security Centre to ensure the way they work supports charities.
Our authoritative research on the charity sector’s finances is used by the Office for National Statistics in their calculations of national accounts.
‘NCVO are closely in touch with the charity sector’s everyday concerns, but they are also clearly focused on its future and its long-term interests. They are the authoritative voice for the sector and I know the positions they take will always be thoughtful and evidence-based.’
We base our views on what’s best for the long-term future of the voluntary sector.
We stick to what we believe, driven by evidence from our expert research team and insight from our members.
We’re not beholden to any other interests. We fund ourselves, mainly through membership fees and commercial services. Last year, we spent a total of £8m on supporting our members.
You can read our annual report and accounts on our website.
We’re ethical and we work to high standards.
We run NCVO in a way that reflects people's expectations of us. We follow the high standards of the Charity Governance Code, which we helped to develop. We don’t raise money from the public, but we’re registered with the Fundraising Regulator because we want to support good practice in fundraising.
We're a Living Wage employer: all our staff and contractors receive the London Living Wage. We publish full details of our senior pay and how we set it. We voluntarily publish our gender pay gap because we think it’s the right thing to do.
We generate as much of our electricity as we can from our solar panels, and we buy the rest from renewable sources. We have our environmental impact independently audited.
Our funds are invested in a portfolio that is actively managed to support companies that adopt best practice in corporate governance, employee wellbeing and environmental standards.
We’ve come a long way.
We’ve supported and celebrated charities and volunteering for 100 years.
We were founded in 1919 following the death in World War One of Edward Birchall, an influential figure in the charitable movements of the early twentieth century. Captain Birchall left a bequest which his friends used to create what is now NCVO.
Along the way, we’ve given birth to other organisations, many of which are now household names. These include Age Concern (now Age UK), Citizens Advice, and Charities Aid Foundation, as well as the charity bodies SCVO, WCVA and NAVCA.
Read more about how NCVO was founded.
Today, thanks to the generosity of the public, kindly donating their money and millions of hours a year of their time through volunteering to support the causes they care about, charities are stronger than ever. We’re looking forward to supporting them long into the future.