Policy & research

The Gathering 2017

SCVO’s policy team works to ensure that the needs and concerns of the third sector in Scotland are represented in the Scottish, United Kingdom and European Parliaments.

By acting as an authoritative and trusted voice for the sector, SCVO’s policy and research output is delivered through a strong evidence base and an engaged membership.

Page last modified on 29th January 2018

The Scottish third sector View the latest sector stats


Over 1 million people volunteered in Scotland last year


There are over 250,000 charity trustees across the country


Last year, 4/5 Scots used a third sector organisation


There are 40,000+ third sector organisations in Scotland


Two thirds of sector income is earned, not donated


In 2017, the third sector had an annual turnover of £5.8 billion


Scotland’s third sector has over 100,000 paid staff


78% of charities in Scotland are local


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 Evidence Library

A resource for anyone interested in learning about the third sector in Scotland
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 Policy Committee

Advising us on policies which reflect the best interests of the third sector in Scotland
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 SCVO Core Grant Plan 2018-20

We work in a strategic partnership with the Scottish Government to support, develop and promote the third sector in Scotland.
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