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State of the Sector Survey

06 November 2015

NICVA has launched its 7th State of the Sector survey. The survey has been circulated to nearly 5,000 voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations and no matter how large or small your organisation, NICVA need to hear from you.

The State of the Sector survey explores key areas such as workforce, income, expenditure and volunteering and has become a valuable resource for the voluntary and community sector. For nearly 20 years NICVA has used the findings from previous State of the Sector surveys to inform government, funders, academics and the media of the scale and impact of the sector. In addition, findings from previous surveys have proved invaluable to individual organisations and sub-sectors for a range of activities including lobbying and fundraising.

The last State of the Sector report found that 86% of organisations involved volunteers in their organisation’s activities, with a total of 45,106 volunteers working in the sector. The young people’s sub-sector accounted for the largest number of volunteers, followed by health and wellbeing and sport/recreation. Many organisations stated that they expected volunteer numbers to increase over the next year. Over one quarter of the sector’s volunteers were involved with organisations that had an income of between 100,001-250,000. In terms of recruitment, 87% of organisations stated that they either interviewed or had an informal chat with potential volunteers. The most popular volunteering activity offered by organisations was administration/ office work.

NICVA encourages all those organisations that have received the survey to take a few moments to complete it. If you have not received an email with an invite to complete the State of the Sector survey please contact Rachel Shannon (rachel.shannon@nicva.org) as soon as possible. 

The survey closes on 20 November 2015.