Supporting voluntary organizations

Assisting voluntary sector
Encouraging community service
Nurturing volunteer societies
Promoting cause of voluntary workers
Improving effectiveness of volunteers
Servicing third-sector activities
Supporting volunteers
Coordinating third-system services

The third sector is the primordial sector. Throughout history, humans beings have always established social communities first. They develop rules of social exchange, embed their members in complex reciprocal relationships and build up social trust. The third sector plays a critical role in establishing social trust and making markets and trade possible. The cultural institutions of a society, its churches, secular institutions, civic associations, fraternal organizations, sports clubs, art groups, non-governmental organizations and the like are the well-spring of social trust.


For three-quarters of a century the National Council for Voluntary Organizations has championed the cause of voluntary organizations in the UK and worked to increase their effectiveness. It provides services in securing resources and effective management, and provides information and advice on developing voluntary work.


Third sector participants share the belief in the importance of service to the community and the creation of social capital. The potential for a new third force in political life has not yet been galvanized into a mainstream social movement. This is because the millions of people who either volunteer or work in this sector have not seen themselves as part of a potentially powerful constituency.

Council of Voluntary Agencies (1100009526)
ommittee for International Voluntary Service (1100033442)
Federation of Blood Donor Organizations (1100047774)
Federation of Workers' Education Associations (1100053278)
ary Organization for Child and Maternal Care (1100024114)
il for Non-Profit Organizations (1100028438)
Society for Third-Sector Research (1100020594)
FORUM on Development Service (1100042099)
International (1100052661)
African Voluntary Workcamps Associations (1100047308)
nisations in Cooperation in Emergencies (1100022928)
teers for Development (1100009145)
ndations - Associations and Voluntary Organizations in the European Union (1100019866)
Voluntary Service Organisations (1100046049)
tee of Development NGOs to the European Union (1100061439)
Development Fund for Women (1100056353)
nizations in a Citizen's Europe (1100011119)
rk of Older-Volunteer Organizations (1100026190)
an Voluntary Development Organizations (1100004306)
Federation of Health Plans (1100029121)
rs' Network (1100062033)
Volunteers (1100063966)
teer Centre (1100058592)
Voluntary Agencies for Rural Development (1100038827)
il for Voluntary International Action (1100033819)
eer Agencies Liaison Group (1100025370)
il for Voluntary Organizations (1100006918)
ri per il Mondo (1100062824)
Corps Volunteers Committee on Central America (1100011898)
entation Centre for the Volunteer Work in the 19th and 20th Centuries (1100057882)
n (1100064693)
ganismi Cristiani Servizio Internazionale Volontario (1100000592)
teer Action (1100020048)
rk of Volunteer Service (1100050125)
il Society (1100034327)
r Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (1100000048)
Type Classification:
D: Detailed strategies
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth