The Path to Impact project is designed to assess and strengthen the capacity of third sector organisations in Northern Ireland and Scotland.


50 third sector organisations were selected in Scotland and 50 in Northern Ireland to participate in this unique, three-year pilot, which is supported with a grant of £358,810 from the Big Lottery Fund and now you can read about how the first phase of this collaborative project has gone.


This year ACOSVO's Annual Conference will take place on October 31st 2017 at P&G's Church in Edinburgh.


Exact details remain TBC but to coincide with our spooktacular date, the theme of this years' conference will be 'Leadership: It's a Kind of Magic'.


Save the date in your diary and don't miss your chance to network and share best practice in a room full of your third sector peers.

ACOSVO has launched two new services to support current or emerging Chief Officers in the sector.


Due to a recent resignation from one of our board members moving out of the third sector, a mid-year vacancy has arisen on our Board of Trustees.

We would welcome nominations from any interested full ACOSVO member.

In terms of succession planning, as our current Treasurer will be retiring at the AGM in October, we would particularly welcome nominations from those with a financial background who would consider taking up the Office Bearer role of Treasurer at the AGM.

  • Do you find your best ideas come to you away from your desk?
  • Does being active gets your creative juices flowing?
  • Do you really have to be sitting round a table to be networking?


As leaders we spend so much time sitting at our desks, or in meetings, that sometime we forget that fresh air and movement feeds the mind (and body). As such ACOSVO has launched it's new Active Leadership programme to support third sector leaders to de-stress, network, share & develop all while getting healthier and having fun.


ACOSVO has recently completed a review of the Statutory & Non Statutory benefits we give our staff. 

In order to benchmark ourselves more widely across the Sector we invited members to join us in compiling the data. 

Click here for an anonymised table highlighting the benefits offered by a cross section of members.  

No it's not an April fools joke. Moving with digital times, and hoping to alleviate some of the masses of paperwork for our poor Office & Finance Manager, from April 1st 2017 ACOSVO will no longer be accepting invoice requests for our events programme.

All event bookings will need to be made by credit or debit card.

We appreciate your understanding.


This note invites bids from 3rd sector organisations in Scotland for very short sharp projects (up to 10 person days) where statistical or analytical skills could make a difference to your organisation. The way this would work is individuals or small groups of Scottish Government analysts (one or two people) act as an analytical consultancy to help solve problems in your organisation and would be delivered at no cost to you.

ACOSVO Members Day is back and it's bigger and better than ever.

Join ACOSVO and your fellow third sector leaders at our Members Day and Networking Drinks Reception kindly supported by Standard Life on the afternoon of 21st March, Edinburgh.

The Scottish Government has approached ACOSVO to invite third sector leaders to participate in the next round of the SG Digital Champions development programme.

See below for letter from Sarah Davidson (or the letter and full programme details can also be viewed here). Please note the deadline has been extended until February 10th.