NCVO has announced that it will be establishing a new Funding
Commission, tasked with examining future financial provision
across the full range of civil society after 2010.
The Commission is set to begin work in early 2009, with
a chair to be appointed by the end of this year. It will
aim to assess evidence drawn from wider civil society on
the state of funding in the sector, and respond to the sector’s
present concerns and uncertainty about funding over the
next 10 years. It will also take responsibility for setting
a new funding agenda.
NCVO said the creation of the Commission resulted from
the high levels of income volatility often experienced by
civil society organisations. It cited its 2008 Civil Society
Almanac which had found that 10% of larger charities with
incomes over £10 million frequently experienced sharp
trends in income.
Commenting on the Commission, NCVO’s chief executive
Stuart Etherington said: “The creation of this Commission
is a very exciting development as it represents the first
tangible output from our new civil society agenda. We expect
to have the Commission up and running by early 2009. Its
job will be to come up with practical and public policy
proposals that ensure secure funding for the voluntary sector,
for the longer term.”