NCVO (The National Council for Voluntary Organisations) is a registered charity which gives voice and support to civil society in England.
NCVO believes passionately in the voluntary and community sector. This is a sector with the power to transform the lives of people and communities for the better.
Founded in 1919, we are the largest umbrella body for the voluntary and community sector in England with sister councils in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
NCVO is a highly effective advocacy organisation and represents the views of its members, and the wider voluntary sector to government, the European Union and other bodies. They campaign on generic issues affecting the voluntary sector, such as the role of the voluntary organisations in public service delivery and the future of local government.
They are also at the leading edge of research into, and analysis of, the voluntary sector and They have a range of specialist teams who provide information, advice and support to others working in or with the voluntary sector including: sustainable funding; good governance; workforce development and collaborative working.
ENTRAJUDA is a Portuguese non-profit organization, launched in 2004 to support nonprofit organizations that received food aid from the Food Bank. These organizations, managed with the “heart” and mostly linked to the church, struggled to survive due to their lack of managerial expertise. Its activity has a national scope, working at regional level with the support of the Portuguese Food Bank network (20 Foodbanks). Currently more than 3.300 associations are registered with ENTRAJUDA and 1.275 institutions received goods or services from ENTRAJUDA in 2012, impacting on more than 356.000 vulnerable people.
Its mission is to strengthen the non-profit sector, including social welfare institutions, enabling access to the necessary means and resources to exercise a decisive action on social inclusion and combating poverty. Mobilizing people of good will for a structured civic intervention in combating poverty.
The Civil Society Development Foundation (CSDF) is an independent, non–governmental organisation, established in 1994, following an initiative of the European Commission. CSDF is an “organisation for organisations”, sharing the belief that the very development of non–governmental organisations is an indicator of the progress of communities and citizens.
CSDF’s growth has been certainly connected to the changing needs of the Romanian non–governmental organisations (NGOs): in the first half of the 1990s, they catered to the immediate need for funding of the emerging national NGO sector, through grant programs, while later on they gradually added new programs and services designed to meet specific needs identified in every development stage of the non–governmental sector.
The Pancyprian Volunteerism Coordinative Council was founded in 1973, when there was a need for coordination amongst the voluntary organizations, development of policy for the voluntary sector, social policy consultation with the voluntary sector and cooperation with governmental authorities.
Recognizing the vital role of the Council, the State decided to provide a legal framework [the Pancyprian Welfare Council Law (152/89)] for its operation. In 2001 it was recognized that there was a need to further upgrade the legal framework of the Council in order to respond to its role and mission more effectively. In 2006, the House of Representatives passed a new legislation that governs “the establishment and function of the Pan Cyprian Volunteerism Coordinative Council” (PVCC), which represents the continuation of the Pan Cyprian Welfare Council (PWC). Under the new legislation the Council has a new operational framework, new responsibilities and a broader role for the coordination and development of the voluntary sector and volunteerism in general.
Network of Estonian Nonprofit Organizations is the single and largest Estonian organization uniting public benefit nonprofit organizations.
Established in 1991 as the Estonian Foundation Center, they opened their membership to associations in 1994 and have since transformed from a mere service provider into one of Estonia’s largest civic initiative organizations.
NENO is a membership organization created for the implementation and protection of the common interest of Estonian public benefit nonprofits. NENO unites currently 99 large and medium-sized active and operational public benefit nonprofit organizations in Estonia from all fields, both associations and foundations. At the same time, its information network involves more than 2500 organizations. NENO’s mission is to give voice to and advocate on behalf of Estonian public benefit organizations and its work is dedicated to the development and promotion of civic action and civil society in Estonia.
NENO’s goals are to foster development trends and provide support services to Estonian nonprofits, increase public awareness, advocate for the interests of its members and other public benefit NGOs, and improve working relationships with the public and business sectors. Therefore they implement activities to strengthen the role and identity of the nonprofit sector as a whole.
The BBE (Bundesnetzwerk Burgerschaftliches Engagement) is a nationwide network linking organizations and associations from the third sector (non-profit organizations) and civil society, from business and work life and federal and community institutions. The cooperation within the network is based on mutual trust and partnership, relying primarily on dialogue, cooperation and practical stimuli for the promotion of commitment and civic involvement. Everyone involved benefits from the cooperation and moves closer to the common goal.
This common goal is the strengthening of civil society and of civic involvement. The key objective is the improvement of the general legal, organizational and institutional conditions for civic involvement. We want to encourage and support concrete projects for actual practice in civil society, the state and business as well as raise and activate political awareness.
The BBE was founded by the National Council of the International Year of Volunteers (IYV 2001) on 5 June 2002. Meanwhile, the BBE has 190 member organizations representing millions of members.
They want to intensify the sharing of experience at a national, European and international level and make the findings of academics and research on the topic of civic involvement accessible to a broader public.
The Wheel is a support and representative body for community, voluntary and charitable organisations across Ireland. Established in 1999, The Wheel has evolved to become a resource centre and forum for the community and voluntary sector.
The Wheel offers its members support concerning management, initiation of organizations, communications, governance, fundraising, technology and regulation. Furthermore, they host courses on various topics, covering a wide range of fields of interest to people working in the third sector.
From 2012 to 2016, the strategic themes for The Wheel are the following: Building a truly fair and just society, recognizing and valuing the community and voluntary sector, developing the community and voluntary sector and enhancing the effectiveness of The Wheel.
The Lithuanian NGO Information & Support Center (NISC) provides support and information to the NGOs in Lithuania through engagement in advocacy, policy development and capacity building. Their goals are said to be
• Strengthening of the NGO sector – information, consultations, training, methodical tools, databases, conferences, and forums.
• Establishment and strengthening of NGO coalitions – in various fields of public administration, development of the NGO Centre’s Network, uniting national NGOs, creation of the coalitions’ accountability system.
• Strengthening cooperation between NGOs and government – monitoring legal acts connected with NGO activities, improvement of the NGO funding system at the national and local level, establishing the NGO representation mechanism
• Improving the NGOs’ environment – increasing NGO visibility in the society, developing informational bulletin The Third Sector, disseminating information about the Lithuanian NGO sector in national and international publications
• Development of voluntary work traditions – developing the law regulating voluntary work and initiation of its validation, develop the conditions ensuring the system of voluntary work compensations, raise public awareness about the voluntary work, to strengthen the public institution “Volunteer Centre” established by NISC.
The Northern Irish Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA) represents and promotes the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland and provides support and leadership to it. With more than 800 member organizations, NICVA is an important resource in Northern Ireland’s civil society.
Their programs include the Community Leadership Programme, CommunityNI (a website for the voluntary and community sectors to share ideas and experiences , Sector Matters (a cost-effective human resource, finance and other outsourced support service provider for civil society organizations), GrantTracker (a database with information of funding opportunities for civil society organizations in Northern Ireland) and Centre for Economic Empowerment (a thinktank and skills development project).
NICVA’s vision is “of an effective, vibrant voluntary and community sector which helps build a fair and equal society”.
The Centre for Information Service, Co-operation and Development of NGOs (CNVOS) is the national NGO umbrella network, joining together more than 900 small and large NGOs from various policy fields.
Its mission is to ensure sustainable development of NGOs in Slovenia by providing comprehensive, effective and professional support through information service, consultancy, education, research, policy making, advocacy, networking and promotion.
Being the main generator of ideas, legislation proposals and activities for the development of the NGO sector in Slovenia. CNVOS promotes and strengthens NGOs and NGO networks as an important part of civil society in Slovenia, and supports them to better implement their roles and realise their missions through three pillars: advocacy, support service (information, training and consultancy services) and internal/members management.
Areas of work:
- National informational centre for NGOs (the most comprehensive information-sharing service for all developments, relevant for the NGO sector, as well as for international, European, national and regional calls for proposals);
- National NGO advocacy centre (regularly analyse legislation and policies on NGO enabling environment, draft and advocate for changes – successfully change approximately 30 acts and policies yearly);
- National NGO training centre (annually organise more than 50 trainings, seminars and workshops with different topics relevant for better management and functioning of NGOs);
- National consultancy centre (more than 1000 hours annually of legal, project, financial and fiscal consultancy for NGOs);
- National project centre (develop project ideas for NGOs, look for partners, write project proposals for European and national calls for proposals and conduct monitoring and evaluation of different projects);
- Persistant promotor of transparent and qualitative work of NGOs (development of Quality Assurance System and Integrity plans for NGOs, consultancy and implementation of QAS audits).
The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), is the body representing the voluntary sector in Scotland.
There are 45,000 voluntary organisations in Scotland involving around 130,000 paid staff and approximately 1.3 million volunteers. The sector manages an income of £4.1 billion.
SCVO seeks to advance the values and shared interests of the voluntary sector.
The services provided by SCVO to its members range from payroll service, informative publications, training courses, technology support and office services. They have developed a training programme aiming at meeting the needs of the third sector, with focus on both personal and professional development. Their informational database offers insight into administrative, financial and human resource related aspects of organizational work. Annually, SVCO publishes a report on the Scottish civil society, with numbers on its size, shape and economy.
Social Action NGO Platform (Plataforma de ONGs de Accion Social) is a private, nationwide non-profit organisation that works towards promoting the total development of social and civil rights of the most vulnerable groups and to strengthen the Third/ Social Sector.
Founded on the 18th May 2000, it originally consisted of sixteen NGOs and non-profit organisations. The Platform has gradually increased its social basis with the incorporation of new members. Nowadays it consists of over 25 Non-governmental organisations, federations and state networks bringing together thousands of other local, provincial and state entities.
An important focus of its work is social rights, and in that regard they have contributed to the work on changing the Spanish legislation on personal autonomy and attention to people in a dependency situation. Among other things, this has led to the important role of civic organizations in providing services to people in dependency situations being recognized.
United Associations – ‘de Verenigde Verenigingen’ , Belgium
Is a network of civil society organisations in Flanders and Brussels. It includes lots of associations in Flanders and Brussels, but mainly works trough several sectoral umbrella organizations in all sectors of civil society: social movement, socio-cultural, hobby-arts, environmental, poverty, health & family, trade-unions, ethnic-cultural minorities, sports and youth. The network secretariat is based in Brussels.
The Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) is the voice of the voluntary sector in Wales. WCVA represents and campaigns for voluntary organisations, volunteers and communities.
WCVA provides specific advice, guidance and support to the voluntary sector on all aspects of European funding, policy and information.
One of WCVAs projects is Gateway; employability programmes for disadvantaged and economically inactive people in Wales. It helps people who have been standing outside the employment market get into it, and to develop skills and qualifications.
The Volunteering in Wales Fund is another part of their work, which has been used to recruit numerous new volunteers. An example of who benefits from the fund is an organization providing mentoring and mental support to victims of domestic abuse.
The prioritized policy fields of WCVA are procurement, co-production, championing the third sector, climate change, work and skills and tackling poverty.
The Non-Profit Information and Training Center Foundation (NIOK) is a Hungarian foundation. Its mission is to strengthen civil society in Hungary by providing capacity building services to the non-governmental organizations and by building an environment supportive of the long-term future of NGOs.
NIOK was founded in 1994 by the Nonprofit Research Group Association with the support of several umbrella organizations and experts. NIOK’s original objectives – to contribute to the strengthening of civil society in Hungary through the work of NGOs as well as to establish a supportive environment for their long-term functioning – have remained unchanged throughout the past decade. In the meantime, they have significantly expanded their range of programmes and partners. NIOK continues to provide services which enhance the professionalism and success of NGOs’ work and intensify the NGO sector’s relations with the government and private sectors as well as with society in general
National Federation of Polish NGOs (OFOP) provides voice and support for a very broad range of organisations across Poland and coordinates EU projects for Polish NGOs.
It was established in 2003 by the initiative group of Polish organizations – as a result of a participatory process aimed at establishing a representation body for the third sector in Poland. Currently, OFOP has 146 member organizations. As many of our members are also federations of organizations, indirectly OFOP may claim over 400 member organizations.
OFOP seeks to promote efficiency and quality among non-governmental organizations. They want to create a good environment for exchange of resources, experience and knowledge. OFOP also works for legislative change in favour of environmental organizations. Furthermore, they gather and spread information on availability of funding and principles and practices related to it.
The Association of NGOs in Norway (Frivillighet Norge) is an umbrella for the voluntary sector in Norway, founded in September 2005. The mission of the Association is to coordinate the voluntary sector’s dialogue with the authorities on issues that are common to the voluntary sector, and to voice the voluntary sector’s opinions to the public and the authorities. Another important task is to produce information and give advice to the member organizations.
The Association consists of more than 235 member organizations, including all sectors of organised civil society.
Frivillighet Norge also arranges courses in various aspects of voluntary work and organizational activities, like use of media, contact with public servants, development projects and on being a board member. Furthermore, the organization each year awards the Prize of Volunteering (Frivillighetsprisen) to someone who has done a good job in the voluntary sector, in order to honour the great work of all the volunteers in Norway, and to promote continued effort.
Third Sector Foundation of Turkey (TUSEV) was established in 1993 by Turkey’s leading CSOs, and has grown to a supporting network of over 100 associations and foundations that share a vision of strengthening the legal, fiscal and operational infrastructure of the non-profit sector in Turkey.
Among TUSEV’s main objectives are non-profit law reform, research on civil society and philanthropy, promoting social investment and social justice philanthropy, and facilitating partnerships across sectors, as well as across borders. Its programmes cover Civil Society Law Reform, Social Investment, International Relations and Networking, and Research and Publications.
The Association of Public Benefit Organisations (AVPO) was founded in 2010 and its membership counts over 50 organisations from across the social, environment, culture, education, human rights, and leisure sectors. Its mission is to contribute to creating a transparent, reliable and modern non-profit sector. In order to fulfill its mission, AVPO:
- provides education, information and advisory services to association members and other public benefit and / or non-profit organizations;
- creates and maintains a database of member of community organizations;
- offers representation and advocacy, training events and conferences.