Sustainable funding

Sustainable funding at NCVO is more than just fundraising: it's a practical, innovative and flexible approach that is in tune with your organisation's needs.

What does 'sustainable funding' mean?

'Sustainable funding' is not simply a question of simply getting better at fundraising or locating one ever-lasting source of income.

NCVO promotes an approach that encourages organisations to explore potential income across a spectrum of opportunities; from charitable donations at one end of this spectrum, through grants, service level agreements and contracts, to social enterprise activity, trading goods and services. This not only spreads risk, but ensures organisations are best placed to take advantage of emerging trends and opportunities and are able to safeguard their financial future without sacrificing independence or mission.

This approach to sustainable funding is underpinned by thorough planning, impact assessment, full cost analysis and understanding of when loan finance can supplement income. Every organisation is unique, but there are ideas, information and sources of practical support for those wanting to broaden their income base and explore sustainable funding - not as a single source of income, but as a process and a well-balanced approach.

To get a better idea of what we mean by sustainable funding and how we can help you to approach it, take a look at the following tools:

  • The Income spectrum (PDF, 474KB) shows the range of income options available to voluntary and community organisations
  • Self-assess your organisational readiness for sustainable funding using the sustainable sun tool (PDF, 2.79MB) 

NCVO is the sector leader in sustainable funding support

We offer:

We can also run training for or on behalf of your organisation – we have off-the-shelf training days or we can develop something bespoke. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss your needs.


We provide a number of resources on sustainable funding:

Other resources will be available in the coming weeks.

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