The 2021 Pay and Equalities Survey attracted over 1,000 respondents, the largest sample size since the survey began. In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and its impacts on the sector there are some warning signs in the data that usage of some key governance tools has reduced.


All of us at ACOSVO are shocked and saddened by the news that our previous Treasurer, Fellow, and long-time friend of the organisation, Sandy Farquharson MBE has passed away.


We are delighted to offer 12 FREE places to ACOSVO & Chairs Network Scotland members at the Jan – Feb 2022 cohort of the Scottish Business Resilience Centre Executive Training Programme.
In today’s landscape of escalating cybercrime, mitigating cyber risk is not the Chief Information Security Officer’s responsibility alone—it is everyone’s job.


In partnership with ACOSVO, The Institute of Leadership & Management is offering ACOSVO members subscriber level access to to all of their learning resources, webinars and research, including to their award winning e-learning platform MyLeadership for a special rate of £60 per year. 


MyLeadership is a custom-built leadership development tool, designed especially for managers who are aspiring to be CEOs, it is ideal for ACOSVO members who are senior leaders or CEOs looking for an affordable continuous learning tool for colleagues in their senior teams.

As part of the Community Jobs Scotland (CJS) programme, we are looking for an individual who is efficient, comfortable being a member of a small team and has the ability to multi-task and manage a range of administrative functions.

ACOSVO, in partnership with CyberScotland and supported by Scottish Government, are seeking to better understand and support how voluntary sector organisations are managing the risks of operating in a digital world.  


Back in 2017, ACOSVO ran a succession planning survey that showed over 50% of the sector’s leaders were planning to retire in the following 5 years. 

A lot has changed since then, and with a more recent survey highlighting that almost half of charity leaders are considering leaving their roles due to burnout, ACOSVO are looking to understand more about how the sector’s leadership might be changing post pandemic.


In July 2021 ACOSVO are packing up their boxes at York Place and moving to a new home in Ocean Terminal, Leith. The idea for this new space is to provide a modern, flexible working environment and meeting hub; not only our small team but also longer term, where members and partners can come together for peer support, events and meetings, and ultimately contribute to our vision of excellent voluntary sector leadership in Scotland.


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ACOSVO’s active leaders programme, which encourages the sector’s Chief Executive and senior leaders to rethink how they meet, network and offer peer support has been renamed in memory of late Chair, and Paths for All Chief Executive, Ian Findlay CBE.

The Ian Findlay Active Leaders Programme will relaunch with a networking walk, in line with current restrictions, in Edinburgh on July 15th at 3pm. Satellite meet ups and walks are also being encouraged by the organisation.