NCVO reported an income of £9.3m for the year, down by just over £1m on the year before, but said it has seen membership continue to rise until it now stands at 12,500 organisations.
The charity’s annual report and accounts, published today, show that income from grants fell after a number of government projects came to an end, but income from trading and membership services rose to compensate.
Last year’s income included around £1.1m from NCVO’s merger with the Charities Evaluation Service. Excluding that, income was unchanged.
NCVO made a number of redundancies in the year, including Justin Davis Smith, executive director of volunteering, and now has just over 100 staff.
The highest paid member of staff was Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of the charity, who was paid just over £133,000.
Martyn Lewis, chair of NCVO, said that the organisation had had to restructure as a result of changes in the funding environment.
“This year, we saw a number of projects come to a close, and we restructured NCVO as a consequence,” he said. “Those projects, the largest of them being Big Assist, have made a considerable contribution to our support to and advocacy for the voluntary sector, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff who left NCVO having worked so hard on behalf of our members.”
Lewis also said the NCVO had been right to take on advocacy work on behalf of the sector, after a year of “great difficulty” for charities.
“There are, as we know, many thousands of charities around the country, each doing valuable, sometimes vital work,” he said. “Very few of them found themselves on the front pages for the wrong reasons. Yet it is in the interests of all charities that we have dedicated so much time this year to securing and defending the sector’s reputation.
“I believe the new fundraising regulatory regime, proposed in a review chaired by NCVO’s chief executive, Sir Stuart Etherington, will help ensure high standards so that we can avoid some of those problems which have arisen.
“Since the review, NCVO has continued to dedicate substantial resource to these matters, providing the secretariat for working groups on both the proposed Fundraising Preference Service and the implications for charities of a move to a requirement for unambiguous consent in data use.”