About us

NCVO champions the voluntary sector and volunteering because they’re essential for a better society. We do this by connecting, representing and supporting voluntary organisations.

Each day, millions of people make a difference to the causes they believe in through voluntary organisations and volunteering.

This thriving voluntary sector and volunteer movement are essential for a better society – especially in times of challenge and change.

That’s why, inspired and empowered by our 12,000 members, we champion the voluntary sector and volunteering. We do this by connecting, representing and supporting voluntary organisations, from the smallest community groups to the largest charities.

We connect organisations with the people, partners and resources they need to make the biggest difference.

We represent the voluntary sector and volunteering to government – using the best research, we demonstrate their true value and help influence policy-makers.

We support voluntary organisations by generating and identifying the best knowledge and expertise.


Read our strategic plan for 2014 to 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 12,000 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 2013/14 (PDF, 1MB) as well as our past Annual reports

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