The Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations today begins a national consultation with its members on its strategy for the new parliament.
Reflecting ACEVO’s confidence in the continuing growth of its membership, the new strategy sets out a vision for “a world of inspiring charity and social enterprise leadership, locally, nationally and internationally.” It pledges four principles for the organisation’s evolution:
- National and local action: “We will fight for and support our members wherever they may be, on the ground and across the UK.”
- Robust and innovative work: “We will never accept second best for our membership or our sector.”
- Democracy and accountability: “We will be transparent, accountable and hungry in our search for new vehicles for member participation.”
- Collaboration: “We will find the best partners to aid our work on our members’ behalf.”
The strategy seeks to build 6 main aspects of the association’s work:
1. Local forums will increase in number around the UK, with elected chairs and greater engagement with government at regional, city and local level. This work will be assisted by the new Head of ACEVO Local and ACEVO North.
2. ACEVO’s strong campaigning voice will be reinforced, to develop social leaders’ collective media presence and engage with all political parties.
3. More development opportunities for leaders and their organisations. The ACEVO Solutions consultancy service will become more comprehensive, offering advice on contracting, procurement, partnerships and governance.
4. New technologies will be at the forefront of ACEVO’s work, with more services going online and new opportunities created for decentralised, open networks for social change.
5. ACEVO’s operations will become more transparent and democratic, with member-led Special Interest Groups playing a greater public-facing role in campaigning and policy development.
6. ACEVO will help build up the next generation of social leaders, rolling out new personal development programmes and creating a new membership track for promising senior directors.
The new strategy will be presented by ACEVO staff and board members at a special series of 10 meetings around the country, which are open to all ACEVO members. The meetings will be:
- 4 June – Newcastle Upon Tyne
- 9 June – Leeds
- 12 June – Birmingham
- 17 June – Edinburgh
- 18 June – London
- 22 June – Southampton
- 25 June – Exeter
- 7 July – Manchester
- 8 July – Norwich
- 22 July – Cardiff
Commenting on the launch of the new strategy, Sir Stephen Bubb, Chief Executive of ACEVO said:
“ACEVO was founded in 1987 because social leaders didn’t feel they had a collective voice, or anyone who represented them. Today the need for a bold, independent voice of charity and social enterprise leaders is as great as ever. We’re travelling around the country so our members can tell us how they’d like their association to represent them in future.
“We promise that we’ll continue to evolve to meet the needs of the new political and financial ecosystem. We promise that we’ll retain our independent voice and never collaborate with government or capitulate on regressive policies like the Lobbying Act. Our members will have even greater say in the formulation and implementation of our work in future. And if you’re not a member yet, you can join up today and start to have your say!”