Funding Commission for civil society to be established 09/06/08

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.”

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