In light of a recent publication’s ‘investigation’ into the Scottish Charity Sector, that called into question EVOC’s links to the Charity Watchdog OSCR, we would like to respond with a statement.
EVOC has a long and proud history of independence with a Board of Directors elected by our membership. All Board Members are unpaid. We operate in accordance with our Memorandum and Articles of Association and in full compliance with charity legislation and all other relevant legislation. Scottish Government funding is less than 10% of our income, the purpose of which is to support the Third Sector in accordance with our mission and strategic objectives.
We take pride in ensuring our staff have the expertise they require to best support Edinburgh’s Third Sector, and we work closely with a number of organisations to do so, including charity watchdog OSCR, and it is our duty to our Sector that we provide them with the most up-to-date information, particularly when it includes compliance and regulation.
At a time where public confidence in charities is waning, articles such as these, and comments from political figures that show outdated understanding about how the Third Sector operates, serve only to further damage this trust. However, it also highlights a broader lack of awareness of the role of charitable organisations in a modern day setting, and the challenges they face. As such EVOC will continue to work with public, private, political, and statutory sector representatives, to inform them about the role of and importance of charities and the not-for-profit sector.