The National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) is membership organisation that champions and strengthens the voluntary sector. It currently has more than 10,000 members. Charities with an income under £30,000 can join free of charge.
NCVO provides advice to organisations and range of resources to support its members and carries out policy and research work which includes producing the UK Civil Society Almanac.
It was started in 1919 as a the National Council of Social Services, following a £1,000 legacy from Edward Vivian Birchall who died of wounds in France during the First World War.
At the end of 2012 it merged with Volunteering England and became one organisation from 1 January 2013.