When civil society and government work well together, everyone gains. A strong partnership helps connect society to government and revitalises the services on which we all depend.

It’s an exchange that can bring enormous value.  The voluntary sector changes the lives of many individuals.   But when it works with government,  society itself can be transformed.   Civil society “know how” can help government find fresh solutions,  unlock new potential and provide innovative services for people and communities.  Government can bring charities, social enterprises and community organisations greater impact.

Civil Exchange is a think tank that exists to help government and the voluntary sector work better together:

  • Identifying opportunities and new ways of working.
  • Breaking down barriers and increasing understanding of what each needs from each other.
  • Raising everyone’s awareness of the added value of a vibrant voluntary sector to government and society.

It acts as a “link tank,” connecting with other organisations and individuals with expertise and knowledge to exchange ideas and find new solutions.  To learn more about Civil Exchange, click here.

Report coverCivil Exchange published Independence in Question: the voluntary sector in 2016 on 14 March 2016, following on from earlier reports by the Panel on the Independence of the Voluntary Sector, whose final report was published by Civil Exchange in 2015.  For more information on the report’s findings and recommendations, click here.

The report is published with generous support from the Baring Foundation and the Lankelly Chase Foundation.