Auxillary nurse and midwife Bharatkumari Sijapati with VSO volunteer Cath Nixon

How we are funded

VSO's work would not be possible without funding and donations from agencies, trusts, private companies and the general public.

Total income for year 2018/19: £63 million

Our funding partners

Thank you to all of our partners that enable us to continue our work around the world.

Our partners




Spend on charitable activities for the year £58.8 million

Pay and benefits

VSO’s Chief Executive, Philip Goodwin, took a drop in salary upon taking on this role. His current salary is £17,000 less than his predecessor.

VSO pays the market rate for charities to its senior staff. Equivalent roles in global organisations of a similar size in the private sector are paid much higher salaries.

VSO continues to rigorously monitor all of its expenditure and aims to be as transparent as possible. We believe that high calibre leadership is critical to reducing global poverty and that the Chief Executive should be remunerated accordingly.

Transparency and value for money are key values for VSO. Read our most recent annual report for detailed financial accounts.

Dr Philip Goodwin, Chief Executive, VSO

Structure and governance

Our International Board and Executive Board set the strategic direction of VSO in accordance with legal and regulatory guidelines.

Nigerian farmer

Annual review

Online Annual Review 2018/19. Find out more about our recent work around the world.

Cambodian volunteer supporting Improving Market Access for the Poor
VSO/Sophal Neak

About VSO

VSO volunteers and partners reached over 1,000,000 people last year.