NCVO and the Foundation for Social Improvement have announced a strategic partnership that will see around 500 charities able to access free membership to NCVO.
FSI, which provides training and support to smaller charities, and NCVO, a national representative body, said they want to increase awareness among small charities of the range of support available.
FSI members with incomes under £50,000 will also be able to gain free membership to NCVO. The normal threshold for free NCVO membership is £30,000, and around 500 charities are expected to be able to benefit.
The bodies have signed a memorandum of understanding “which sees them commit to explore opportunities to have a shared voice on policy issues and to collaborate where appropriate on contracts,” the announcement said.
Richard Williams, director of enterprise and development at NCVO, said: “Our smaller charity members have told us that they want more support with funding. The FSI are renowned for their affordable fundraising training and this partnership will see us signpost them to that training.
“We know our members expect umbrella bodies to work closely together and we agree that the sector is better when we collaborate. We’re putting that belief into practice with this partnership.”
Pauline Broomhead, chief executive of FSI, said: “I’m delighted to be working more closely together, especially and most importantly because we believe that this will benefit smaller charities. Our areas of expertise complement one another and we both have the same ambitions for small charities.”