Vision and values

ACEVO's vision is to see civil society leaders making the biggest possible difference.

Together with our network we inspire and support civil society leaders by providing connections, advocacy and skills.

ACEVO is the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations. For 30 years, we have provided support, development and an inspiring, collective campaigning voice for our members across the UK. ACEVO's network of over 1,200 individuals includes the leaders of small, community based groups, ambitious medium-sized organisations, and well known, well-loved national and international not-for-profits. 

Our leaders drive positive change in their organisations and in their communities, and our peer-to-peer network supports and encourages them at every step of their career.

We offer our members exclusive access to personal development opportunities and mentoring tailored to senior leadership roles; networking and learning events; business advice lines and discounted professional services delivered by our expert partners and advice and support when you need it most. 

Through our policy work, we represent our members' interests in key areas of importance to the third sector and our members' work - and together we offer a decisive voice that shapes the agenda on the ground, at the local level and in concert with national media and government. 

Membership is open to charity and social enterprise chief executives, to ambitious senior directors, to chairs and to trustees. 

Our values are to be:

Member-driven: We involve our members and include them in our thinking. We are driven by their needs and their potential to achieve change. 

Connected: We achieve more through bringing people together, building the relationships and networks that generate confidence and belief.

Ambitious: We are bold, confident, energetic and vibrant. We are both agile and entrepreneurial in leading and supporting our members in the challenges ahead. 

Honest: We always act with integrity and in the best interests of our members. We do what we say we will do and are open about both our objectives and our impact.

You can download ACEVO's environmental commitments here.