About us

NCVO champions and strengthens volunteering and civil society, with over 11,000 members, from the largest charities to the smallest community organisations.

There are thousands of voluntary sector organisations in the UK. There are millions of volunteers.

Every day, across the country, people give their time, energy and money. And for over 90 years, NCVO has brought the voluntary sector's people together: to solve problems, address root causes, and inspire each other.

We know the power of the voluntary sector and volunteering. No one organisation can solve society's challenges alone, but collectively we're all vital for sustaining society in times of challenge and change.

That's why, inspired and empowered by our members, we support and celebrate volunteering in all its diversity, and champion and strengthen the voluntary sector – by making sure government knows its true value, and making sure it can continue to do what it does best.

Because a vibrant and thriving voluntary sector improves the world around it.

Read our strategy 2014-2019 which describes our vision for the sector and how we'll be working together to deliver it.

NCVO membership

We have a diverse community of over 10,000 member organisations – a third of the voluntary sector workforce in England. We help them thrive in what they do: by providing expert support and advice, by saving them time and money, and by keeping them up to date with the news and developments that affect them.

We’re here to help our members make even more of a difference.

Find out more about NCVO membership.

Our staff

Find out who’s who at NCVO and read expert commentary on the key issues facing the sector in our staff blogs.

Our history

NCVO started in 1919 as the National Council of Social Services, following a legacy from Edward Vivian Birchall, who died of wounds in France during World War I.

Since then we have continued to support the sector and speak to government against an ever changing social background. Many well-established voluntary organisations started out as projects within NCVO, including Age Concern, Citizens Advice Bureau and Community Matters.

How we're run

NCVO is governed by a 12-person trustee board and our 50-strong Members’ Assembly, which reflects the breadth of NCVO membership across the voluntary sector. Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE is the president of NCVO.

Find out more about our governance

Annual reports

Read our Annual report and accounts 2012/13 as well as our past Annual reports

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