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The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) is the membership organisation for Scotland’s charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. We have more than 1,500 members who range from individuals and grassroots groups to Scotland-wide organisations. Through lobbying and campaigning, SCVO advances the interests of our members and the people and communities that they support.


Media releases

Autumn Statement offers little hope to people supported by Scotland’s charities and voluntary organisations

On 23 November 2016, the UK Chancellor Philip Hammond presented his autumn statement to the UK Parliament. Commenting on the statement, SCVO Director of Public Affairs, John Downie, said: This budget offers little hope to the people that Scotland’s charities and voluntary organisations support, and comes from a Government that is clearly fully committed to […]

23rd Nov, 2016

Scottish Fundraising Working Group recommends that charities in Scotland do not use Fundraising Preference Service

SCVO media release 10 November 2016 The Scottish Fundraising Working Group is recommending to charities in Scotland that they do not need to screen against the FPS. Chair of the Group and Partner at MacRoberts LLP, Val Surgenor, said: “The Scottish Fundraising Working Group’s consultation highlighted that charities in Scotland were not convinced that the Fundraising […]

11th Nov, 2016

Charity leaders urged to catch up with the digital revolution to help people

SCVO media release 2 November 2016 Leaders from right across Scotland’s charities and third sector organisations have come together with a rallying call for all charities in Scotland to commit to seize the opportunities presented by new technology and the internet. Over the last six months, the 19 leaders have working together to develop their […]

2nd Nov, 2016

New fundraising complaints line opens to safeguard fundraising standards in Scotland

SCVO media release 7 July 2016 A new free-phone fundraising complaints line and website has gone live to assist members of the public wishing to make a complaint about charity fundraising in Scotland. Scottish Fundraising Complaints, which has been set up by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations and the Scottish charity regulator OSCR, will […]

7th Jul, 2016

Charity fundraising in Scotland to be improved with stronger self-regulation

SCVO media release 30 June 2016 An enhanced model for charity fundraising regulation in Scotland will see more responsibility placed on charities and the Scottish charity regulator, OSCR, to encourage good practice. The move follows an extensive period of consultation with the third sector and the public, led by the Scottish Fundraising Working Group which […]

30th Jun, 2016

Scottish charity heroes honoured at national awards

SCVO media release 9 June 2016 Charities and people right across Scotland have been celebrated for the life-changing difference they make at the 2016 Scottish Charity Awards, which took place at the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh on 9 June. Shulah Allan, Convener of Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), which organises the awards, said: “I’m in […]

9th Jun, 2016

Scottish Charity Awards finalists revealed

SCVO media release 2 May 2016 Charities and volunteers right across Scotland have been named as finalists in the Scottish Charity Awards. Organised by Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), the Awards, which are free to enter, celebrate the life-changing work of charities, community groups and individuals dedicated to making Scotland a better place to […]

2nd May, 2016

Scotland to lead the way in making governments more open & work better for people

SCVO media release 13 April 2016 The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) will lead the civil society response in a pilot programme which has selected Scotland as one of 14 pioneers across the world to make governments more open and transparent. Led by the Open Government Partnership (OGP), a powerful project set up by 69 of […]

13th Apr, 2016

Public trust & support of charities is high in Scotland

9 out of 10 people have supported a charity in the last year 82% of people in Scotland trust charities and believe they act in the public interest (compared to 57% in England and Wales) Levels of trust in fundraising remains high with 73% of people agreeing that they feel confident donating to charity 77% […]

17th Feb, 2016

Time for charities to shape future of Scottish fundraising regulation

SCVO media release 11 February 2016 Charities are being urged to take part in a consultation to decide upon the future of fundraising regulation in Scotland. With the current UK-wide system of self-regulation about to change, Scottish charities need to design a system to make sure that the public can have trust and confidence in […]

11th Feb, 2016


Jacqueline Williams

Developing dashboards for your charity board

1st Dec, 2016

Kelly Sleight

Our top 10 tips to prepare for changes in data protection law

28th Nov, 2016

Craig Wilson

Little to be happy about in Chancellor’s budget

24th Nov, 2016

Maureen Falconer

Datawareness: focus on personal information

22nd Nov, 2016

Ruth Boyle

It’s time to secure the #rightapproach to care

21st Nov, 2016

Michael Hollinger

Dave’s story: from prison to employment

18th Nov, 2016

Juliet Harris

The #rightapproach to children’s rights

17th Nov, 2016

Rhonda McLean

Even trustees can be like kids sometimes

11th Nov, 2016

Tracey Bird

Trustees share top tips

11th Nov, 2016

Sally Dyson

Being a trustee in the digital age

10th Nov, 2016


Key people


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Martin SImeMartin Sime | chief executive

Martin is a well-known commentator on public affairs in Scotland.  He was an Expert Advisor to the Christie Commission on public service reform and works closely with the Scottish Government at all levels to advance the interests of the third sector.
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Lucy McTernanLucy McTernan | deputy chief executive

Lucy has a wealth of experience in Scotland's third sector. She has worked for SCVO for over 18 years and is a member of the Scotland committee of the Big Lottery Fund.
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John DOwnieJohn Downie | director of public affairs

John joined SCVO in 2010, after four years as a Business Strategy and Communications Consultant. He chairs the social enterprise, Impact Arts. John can share insight into a wide range of issues affecting people and communities across Scotland.
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Donna MackinnonDonna Mackinnon | director employment services

Donna leads SCVO’s employability programmes and provides strategic guidance to the Directorate and Board on SCVO’s ongoing and future engagement in the employability agenda. She can provide authoritative comment on youth unemployment issues.
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David McNeillDavid McNeill | director of digital

David leads on SCVO's digital work, guiding the development of new and existing web platforms, engaging online audiences, and co-ordinating our wide-ranging digital participation agenda for the third sector in Scotland.
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Infographic: 45,000 voluntary organisations; £4.5 billion annual income; £8.6 billion assets; 138,000 staff; equivalent to 83,350 full time staff