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The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) today announced new long-term goals after a year long strategic planning process that included a wide consultation across the sector.
The umbrella organisation for charities has outlined plans for its future offer to members. This is based on insight gathered throughout last year listening to over 900 stakeholders from across the sector but is also in response to the impact of covid-19 on the organisation and changing needs of its members. This has meant careful decisions about where it can have the greatest impact and the role it needs to play. As part of the process, NCVO has considered what new services it develops, what it does in partnership with others, and what it will stop doing.
The organisation’s focus will be guided by four goals:
The pandemic has had a financial impact on the organisation and after consultation with staff a recent restructure has reduced the staff count by 20 to 87. The new strategic direction has also outlined specific areas and services that the organisation will no longer support, these include its Quality Standard: Trusted Charity and its online funding search service Funding Central.
NCVO will be winding down the Trusted Charity quality standard and Trusted Charity Mark until March 2022. Organisations that hold the Trusted Charity Mark will continue to do so until their award expires. The Funding Central service will be ceasing on 31 March 2021 and NCVO is working with other providers to ensure alternative options are available.
Sarah Vibert, Interim CEO said:
"Covid-19 has shown just how crucial charities and volunteers are to helping people through the tough times. And how we underpin so much of community life in the UK and bring people together. Our challenge now at NCVO is to do everything we can to support, shout about, and stand alongside those who make a difference.
The hardest thing for any charity developing a new strategy is deciding what you have to stop and this has been amplified by the financial situation we find ourselves in through the covid-19 pandemic. But by doing this we can focus on where NCVO can make the biggest impact.
I am extremely confident and excited about the focus of direction we have been able to create. This will be built on collaboration with partners across the sector and directed by our members, who will be given a central role in our work."
Dr Priya Singh, Chair said:
"I would like to say thank you to all our members and partners from across the sector who took time to contribute to this process. I am proud of the robust and consultative approach we have taken to informing our new strategy, especially during such a challenging year, we couldn’t have done it without you. As a result, we have a clear vision for the future with focus and collaboration at its heart.
NCVO has seen a financial impact from covid-19. With less income and a smaller staff team we must ensure we are focused on areas that we can have the biggest impact and work collaboratively with members to achieve our shared goals.
For me as chair being more member-centred is synonymous with being more inclusive. NCVO has work to do to ensure we build a culture which is ever-more inclusive, and our new strategy highlights our commitment to this.
We also need to acknowledge and use our pivotal role in the sector and in this context, we recognise the importance of working alongside and amplifying the messages of partners who are doing great work to build a more equitable sector reflective of the communities we serve."
For further information please contact Muireann Montague on 020 7520 2469 or email Muireann.Montague@ncvo.org.uk.
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