Other voluntary sector bodies

If you need more information about charities, these voluntary sector bodies can help.

For everyone

Charities Aid Foundation

The Charities Aid Foundation is a charity that works to connect donors to the causes that matter to them. They offer advice to donors about how to make their donations as effective as possible.

They also help charities by providing financial services, advice and donation processing.

Read more on the CAF website.

For charities

Institute of Fundraising (IoF)

The Institute of Fundraising is the professional membership body for UK fundraising. They set the standards and write the rules and codes for all fundraising. We use these standards to adjudicate any complaints and share them with our members.

Find out more about the Institute of Fundraising.

Public Fundraising Regulatory Association (PFRA)

The PFRA has a specialist role ensuring face-to-face fundraising is regulated and controlled. It covers street fundraising and other times when donors are asked to sign up for direct debit donations in person.

Find out more about PRFA.

Charity Retail Association

The CRA is the body in the UK that represents the interests of charity retailers. They have 370 members who run over 7500 shops. They offer:

  • lobbying and PR on key issues
  • research, market analysis, guidance and information about charity retailing
  • training opportunities and support
  • an online discussion forum
  • free advice lines covering legal matters and security

Find out more about the CRA.

Small Charities Coalition

Small Charities Coalition is a national umbrella and capacity-building organisation with over 6,800 members UK-wide. They exist to help trustees, staff and volunteers of small charities access the skills, tools and information they need to get going and do what they do best.

The FRSB currently has a membership offer with the Small Charities Coalition offering 50% off the annual fee.

Find out more about the Small Charities Coalition.

Directory of Social Change (DSC)

The DSC is an independent charity which believes the voluntary sector is key to bringing about social change. They offer a range of services for small and medium-sized voluntary sector organisations, including:

  • practical training courses
  • conferences, seminars, briefings and Charityfair
  • researching and publishing reference guides and handbooks
  • providing the subscription funding websites to enable charities to access sustainable revenue
  • a free monthly e-newsletter

Visit the DSC website for more information.

Charity Finance Group (CFG)

Charity Finance Group is a charity that works with finance managers to ensure best practice in charity finance. Members receive:

  • a monthly newsletter
  • seminars, training and conferences
  • access to policy and regulation consultations
  • best practice guides and publications
  • helplines about Accounting and Tax, Investment, Legal, IT, Property, Insolvency
  • an online document library
  • free subscriptions to Third Sector Magazine, Charity Times and complimentary copies of The Charity Finance Yearbook

Visit the Charity Finance Group website.

Charity Law Association

The Charity Law Association is a membership organisation for people who advise on, or use, charity law. Members meet together, exchange ideas and to use their experience and expertise to help the charity sector. Members receive:

  • model governing documents for a charitable company, a charitable trust and an unincorporated association together with guidance notes
  • free quarterly members’ meetings for news about charity law and changes in legislation
  • networking opportunities
  • an annual conference and other events
  • eligibility for income tax relief on membership subscriptions

Find out more on the Charity Law Association website.

For charities in England


NCVO is a membership organisation which supports charities and community organisations. They support and celebrate volunteering and champion and strengthen the voluntary sector. They help by offering:

  • access to reports and trends
  • tailored email updates
  • networking opportunities
  • free consultation with HR experts

They have a successful track record of influencing government.

Find out more about NCVO.


ACEVO is the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations. They support, develop, connect and represent third sector leaders. They offer a range of services to members including:

  • access to professional publications
  • free HR, fundraising and accountancy helplines
  • discounted services and memberships
  • access to events and conferences

More about ACEVO.

For charities in Wales


Based in Wales? The WCVA works with the third sector in Wales to offer support, leadership and a voice for the sector. Charities can become a member and receive:

  • free copies of a fortnightly bilingual magazine, Network Wales
  • information and factsheets
  • specialist information on European funding opportunities and European policies
  • seminars and conferences throughout Wales
  • opportunities to be involved in consultations
  • WCVA discounted services and products

Visit the WVCA website.

For charities in Scotland

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

The SCVO is the national body representing the third sector in Scotland. It offers:

  •  support with running an organisation
  • training and events
  • guidance on fundraising
  • special offers
  • a credit union

Visit the SCVO website.


The ACOSVO is for Chief Officers and Senior Managers in the Third Sector in Scotland. It is a membership organisation which promotes excellence in leadership and management. Joining gives members:

  • access to a range of leadership opportunities designed specifically for Third Sector Chief Officers or Senior Mangers
  • networking with other leaders to share and learn from experience and good practice
  • an online community of third sector leaders
  • opportunities to promote the role of third sector leaders to policy makers within government

Find out more on the ACOSVO website.

For charities in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action

The NICVA is a membership organisation for the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland. They offer a range of services including:

  • advice about governance, charity issues and HR
  • fundraising
  • policy and lobbying
  • research
  • training and consultancy

Find out more on the NICVA website.