Our research team conducts and collates research about the voluntary sector in Scotland. We explore the sectors make-up, reach, and the issues that impact our sector.
Our research team’s statistics and reports inform our policy and campaigns influencing work. The aim of our work is to ensure that our sector is understood and to promote the many contributions of our sector in Scotland.
The Scottish voluntary sector
Over 1 million people volunteered in Scotland last year
There are over 200,000 charity trustees across the country
There are 46,500+ voluntary sector organisations in Scotland
Scotland’s voluntary sector has over 135,000 paid staff
In 2021 the voluntary sector had an annual turnover of £8.5 billion
Two thirds of sector income is earned, not donated
89% of voluntary organisations in Scotland are local
35% of voluntary organisations are based in rural or remote areas