CO3 - Chief Officers 3rd Sector

Type: Third Party


Established in 1985, Chief Officers 3rd Sector (CO3) is a leading membership-based organisation that focuses on supporting, developing and connecting Third Sector leaders in Northern Ireland.

We have a growing membership base of over 600 Third Sector leaders. Our members range from  leaders of some of the largest charities and social enterprises through to small community and faith-based groups.

We use the term Third Sector to describe the breadth of our members’ work. Members work across all policy areas and connect to all government departments. Our members offer considerable expertise, services and innovation. Our members lead organisations that contribute resources and investment in public services, employ tens of thousands of people and have a considerable asset base to help strengthen the economy.

We are supported by a small staff team who work closely with members, as well as partner organisations in the private & statutory sector and government departments. CO3's capacity to deliver services was been enhanced in recent years. Membership numbers have increased substantially, from 60 in 1998 to over 600 in April 2017.

CO3 receives funding from a range of sources, membership fees, training, a small proportion of government funding, and income from  a number of Trusts and Foundations.

Full membership is open to chief officers (the most senior staff member) of Third Sector organisations in Northern Ireland. Other categories of membership are open to Third Sector senior managers (associate members) and partner organisations in other sectors via our corporate membership. Full members are entitled to vote at the AGM and elect Executive Committee members. CO3 Executive Committee meets five times annually, and has established a Finance, Audit and Risk Sub Committee and an Honorary Officers Committee.

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