Campaigning, volunteering and public trust among NCVO’s priorities in new five-year strategy

Defending the rights of voluntary organisations to campaign and safeguarding public trust and confidence in charities are among the priorities outlined in NCVO’s new strategic plan, launched today.

The five-year strategy follows a consultation with NCVO members last year, and will take NCVO to its centenary year, 2019.

NCVO is 'stronger than ever', NCVO chair, Martyn Lewis CBE, and chief executive, Sir Stuart Etherington, say in their introduction to the new strategy, with its merger with Volunteering England last year giving it 'an even more powerful voice'.

But NCVO anticipates the environment for voluntary organisations changing rapidly over the next five years, with the strategy intended to reflect members’ needs in the future as well as currently. Voluntary organisations and volunteers will be playing a greater role in public services, while the ways that donors support charities is likely to evolve. Changing social attitudes will also bring higher expectations of transparency and accountability, they warn.

NCVO's priorities for the next five years include:

  • demonstrating the value of voluntary organisations and volunteering
  • upholding the rights of charities to campaign
  • making the case for effective and intelligent funding and contracting arrangements
  • supporting local infrastructure, including volunteer centres
  • ecoming the first port of call for new charities seeking support
  • using our online platforms to bring individuals and organisations together to share expertise
  • showing the sector is accountable and transparent, and leading the way on open data.

Commenting, Martyn Lewis, chair of NCVO, said:

'Voluntary organisations and volunteers make the biggest difference when they can get the resources and advice they need and when the public and politicians have a clear understanding of their work.

'We intend to do all we can to ensure voluntary organisations have the support they need for the challenges of the coming years.

'We will also be focusing on connecting people throughout the sector, because I firmly believe that each of our organisations is strengthened when we share expertise and prepare for the future together.'

Read more about the new strategy and the NCVO vision, mission and values.

Read Karl's blog post about the strategy.

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