Voluntary sector organisations are – rightly – highly valued for their connection and commitment to the people and communities they serve.  This allows them to meet real and sometimes previously hidden needs, to speak up without fear or favour and to deliver services in original and effective ways.  This independence – of purpose, voice and action – is what makes the voluntary sector special and enables it to serve the interests of those who might otherwise be left without support or a voice because they lack power or influence.

The Panel on the Independence of the Voluntary Sector has been established by the Baring Foundation because of continued concerns about that independence.  Over a four year period, the Panel aims to shed light on how far there is a problem and what can be done about it.

The Panel’s  fourth and final report,  An Independent Mission: the Voluntary Sector in 2015is published on 11th February 2015.   It calls for strong, inclusive leadership by the voluntary sector to protect its independent mission and for the Government to establish a ‘new settlement’ with the sector. For more information, visit our publications and news pages.

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Find out more about the Panel here.