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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

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

Hundreds of new digital champions will help vulnerable people in Scotland get online

SCVO media release 11 February 2016 The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisation (SCVO) has received investment of £528,219 from the Big Lottery Fund to help more people connect with the online world by training hundreds of people in charities across Scotland as digital champions. With 77% of people offline citing lack of interest as their […]

11th Feb, 2016

Calling all charities & people who make Scotland a great place to live

SCVO media release 27 January 2016 The Scottish Charity Awards are open for entries Charities and their supporters’ right across Scotland are being encouraged to apply for the 2016 Scottish Charity Awards by the Wednesday 18 March deadline. The awards, which are free to enter, are organised by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) […]

28th Jan, 2016

Two huge wins for Scotland’s third sector in autumn statement

SCVO media release 25 November 2015 Following George Osborne’s autumn statement today, John Downie, Director of Public Affairs, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), said:  “The third sector in Scotland can claim two huge wins from the Chancellor’s autumn statement. “First is the decision not to raid the Big Lottery Fund to pay for cuts to […]

25th Nov, 2015


Jenny Bloomfield

Budget and local authority round-up

26th Oct, 2016

Allan Young

Who Cares? We do

26th Oct, 2016

Neil Clapperton

Organisational culture is key to digital success

25th Oct, 2016

Ruth Boyle

There’s more to Brexit than business, just ask the third sector

20th Oct, 2016

Eilidh Little

One Digital Meetups are lighting up the third sector

19th Oct, 2016

Ruth Boyle

Fairer Scotland should mean fairer employability

18th Oct, 2016

Amy Dalrymple

Stand for your sector

17th Oct, 2016

Thomas Lynch

How low cost digital tools helped Dads Rock

13th Oct, 2016

John Downie

The hole in Glasgow’s Brexit plan

13th Oct, 2016

Maureen Falconer

Data Protection: too big, too scary, too complicated?

11th Oct, 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