Press releases

A major new project aims to rebalance the relationship between large and small voluntary organisations in public services. 

Collaborative work between NCVO, ACEVO and Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales, will explore how voluntary organisations of different sizes can work better together in bidding for and delivering public services. 

Stuart Etherington is to step down as chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, the charity representative body announced today. Sir Stuart will retire later this year after 25 years in the role.

Recruitment for Sir Stuart’s successor has begun, with an open application process launching today.

Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO, has written to the prime minister regarding engaging with civil society on Britain's departure from the European Union, following the statement she made to the house of commons on Monday 21 January regarding the withdrawal agreement. In the letter he says civil society has a lot to offer in shaping the kind of country Britain will become. 

New research unveils the positive effect of volunteering on feelings of isolation in young people.

- NCVO launches Charity Ethical Principles guidance after thorough engagement with the sector

- Principles should be viewed as a benchmark of good practice, and are complementary to existing sector codes

- Endorsement of the principles is voluntary, but NCVO encourages all charities to reflect them in their work and decision making

  • NCVO’s Road Ahead advises charities to prepare for another financially challenging year
  • A combination of Brexit uncertainty, tight government budgets and a slow economy will continue to add pressure on beneficiaries and front-line services
  • NCVO’s annual PEST analysis of drivers for the sector provides food-for-thought for charities preparing for 2019  

The ongoing negotiations on a withdrawal deal will continue to create an uncertain economic environment, making accurately forecasting the UK economy difficult, the 2019 edition of NCVO’s future-gazing report series, Road Ahead, predicts. It highlights growth predictions from the Office for Budget Responsibility of just 1.6% for this year, significantly lower than many of our European counterparts.

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) yesterday announced a new partnership in order to strengthen the support available to rural communities.

NCVO has announced plans to mark its 100th anniversary with the launch of a new book and a series of events celebrating the achievements of voluntary action over the last century.

Super-major charities (defined as those with an income over £100m) are experiencing similar trends and challenges with income to the rest of the voluntary sector, new analysis of data collected for the NCVO UK Civil Society Almanac has shown.

Data for the period 2009/10 - 2015/16 shows that charities with an annual income of £100m or over have grown to account for a fifth of the voluntary sector's total income. £100m+ charities are growing in number, and so is their collective income, which increased from £6.4bn in 2009/10 to £9.4bn in 2015/16.

Commenting on her resignation as minister for sport and civil society, Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, whichrepresents charities, said Tracey Crouch had been a passionate and inspiring minister for civil society:

Tracey has been a passionate and inspiring minister for civil society. Her strong leadership in creating a cross-government civil society strategy demonstrated a real commitment to supporting the work of charities across the country.

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