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NCVO and Volunteering England merger to yield more free memberships

NCVO and Volunteering England merger to yield more free memberships

The merger between and Volunteering England, finalised yesterday, will result in more smaller organisations qualifying for free of .

From today NCVO is extending its threshold for free membership to organisations with an annual income under £30,000, up from the current limit of £10,000. This matches Volunteering England’s threshold for free membership and means all 1,100 Volunteering England members whose membership is currently free will benefit from NCVO membership free of charge.

An estimated 28,000 additional sector organisations will benefit from free NCVO memberships.

Organisations which currently pay for their Volunteering England membership will transfer to a corresponding NCVO membership band when their renewal is due.

The merger between the two organisations will take place on 1 January 2013. Volunteering England’s 1,800 members will become NCVO members, while existing NCVO members will gain access to Volunteering England resources. The merger process took place with financial support from the City of London Corporation’s charity, City Bridge Trust.

Membership numbers

Volunteering England has 1,800 members, 400 of whom are already NCVO members. From 1 January NCVO’s total membership will be 9,900.

Sukhvinder Kaur Stubbs, chair of Volunteering England, said: "With our combined membership, the new NCVO will command even greater resources for our sector. It will be pivotal in shaping civil society while ensuring the voice of volunteering remains ever loud and clear".

www.ncvo-vol.org.uk

Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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