NCVO believes that campaigning is critical, not optional, to a healthy civil and democratic society. We have plenty of experience and expertise in campaigning and influencing policy across civil society and we can provide support, knowledge, tools and resources in this area.
We have a range of resources to help you influence policy and campaign for change. NCVO member organisations benefit from discounts on some of our resources. Not an NCVO member? Find out more about NCVO membership.
KnowHow Nonprofit is our main advice and support website and the 'go to' place for social learning in the voluntary sector. You'll find anything from expert advice and top tips to crowd-sourced how-to guides and online training courses on any area of voluntary sector management.
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StudyZone video training courses
StudyZone is our video training platform and is free to NCVO members. Our practical, bite-sized videos are delivered by top trainers and consultants and cover all areas of voluntary sector management. Watch our courses on campaigning straight from your desk:
How to guides
How-tos are practical, step-by-step guides written by our KnowHow community. Here are the current top five how-to guides on campaigning:
- How to run effective campaigns
- How to communicate a campaign using video content
- How to develop your campaigner networks
- How to challenge an unfair decision by government
- How to be persuasive online
Consultancy support on campaigning
At NCVO we offer bespoke, specialist advice on campaigning, advocacy and influencing to voluntary and community organisations striving to make a difference.
Training and Events
NCVO’s training helps you in all stages of your campaigning career.
Our Introduction to working with parliament is for anyone new to working in campaigning in the voluntary sector, and sets out how to approach political campaigning work.
The flagship seven-day Certificate in Campaigning is a must for any campaigner. It covers all aspects of good practice in campaigning, features expert tuition, and is tailored to today’s campaigning environment. You’ll network with an exciting range of people who are changing the world, and learn from experts, experienced campaigners, and each other.
If you are looking to create a bigger impact with your campaigns, our Developing a Winning Campaign Strategy and Plan will help you combine your passion with strategic thinking to plan more impactful campaigns.
Our new advanced course, Leadership in Campaigns, is aimed at professionals overseeing campaigns who want to enhance leadership skills and develop a campaigning culture in their organisation.
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Take a look at the benefits our 10,500 member organisations already use to make a difference. Find out more about becoming an NCVO member.
What NCVO believes about campaigning
NCVO works to positively influence the external environment on behalf of the voluntary sector. One of the ways in which we do this is through our policy and research work. We have developed a strong evidence base on voluntary sector issues and work with our members to influence government and other decision makers.