Trusted Charity Mark remains the only accreditation for charities supported by NCVO. It addresses all the essential areas necessary for the effective management and governance of a charity.

Once you have completed your self-assessment and implemented your Trusted Charity action plans, you can apply for the Trusted Charity Mark accreditation.

What is the Trusted Charity Mark?

Supported by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), Trusted Charity Mark is a nationally recognised quality mark awarded to your organisation after an external assessment. Achieving the Mark offers service users and funders external verification of the quality and credibility of your organisation.

You can apply to be assessed for the Trusted Charity Mark after completing your self-assessment and implementing your Trusted Charity action plans. Your organisation must be a registered charity in order to apply.

Once your application has been processed your organisation will undergo an external assessment which involves gathering evidence, reviewing documentation and interviewing staff, board members and volunteers. This is a two-stage assessment process. Stage 1 comprises a desktop review and, upon successful completion of Stage 1, the organisation will progress to Stage 2, namely an on-site (or remote) assessment.

The external assessment will be carried out by our Trusted Charity Mark assessors – members of the voluntary and community sector who are trained and supported to carry out assessments of organisations against the Trusted Charity Standard.

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Price

The price of your Trusted Charity Mark assessment is based on:

  • the number of full-time equivalent staff in your organisation
  • the number of sites you operate across (see notes)
  • the level at which you are assessed.
Staff (Full time equivalent)

Level 1 - one site

Level 2 - one site

0 to 5

£2,205.00

£3,308.00

6 to 15

£2,573.00

£3,675.00

16 to 25

£3,308.00

£4,410.00

26 to 49

£4,961.00

£6,983.00

50 to 100

£5,696.00

£7,718.00

101 to 200

£6,431.00

£8,453.00

201 to 500

£7,534.00

£9,555.00

501 to 800

£9,004.00

£11,025.00

801 or more

Notes:

  1. These prices are based on organisations with one site or office. If you operate from more than one site or office, or you have more than 800 staff, please request a bespoke quote by email. You will need to provide details on the number of FTE staff and the number of sites you operate across.

  2. Full-time equivalent staff includes all paid staff and excludes volunteers.

  3. The above prices exclude VAT which will be applied, plus any reasonable assessor travel and subsistence expenses which will be charged at cost.

  4. NCVO/WCVA member discount. If you are a member of NCVO or WCVA you’ll get a 10% discount off the fees. Membership of these organisations offers a number of other benefits.

  5. Currently accredited organisations receive a 15% discount on assessments to renew their accreditation.

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