New strategic partnership between NCVO and the FSI to support small charities


The National Council for Voluntary Organisations, the representative body for charities, and the Foundation for Social Improvement, a leading source of training for smaller charities, today announced the creation of a strategic partnership to promote each other’s training and support.

By working together, NCVO and the FSI hope to increase awareness among smaller charities of each other’s advice, support and training.

As part of the agreement, NCVO is extending its free membership threshold from £30,000 annual income to £50,000 for FSI members. Around 500 FSI members with an income between £30,000 and £50,000 will become newly eligible for free NCVO membership.

NCVO currently has 13,900 members, with its membership having grown by nearly 4,000 members in the last five years.

The organisations have signed a memorandum of understanding which sees them commit to explore opportunities to have a shared voice on policy issues and to collaborate where appropriate on contracts.

Today also sees the FSI launch its first online course in fundraising strategy, with nine modules adapted from its popular face-to-face training, generously supported by the Garfield Westfield Foundation. To mark the event, the FSI is giving away 100 bursary places for the course.

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