Third Sector

Working towards a third sector where low pay and insecure work no longer exist.

The Living Wage Foundation's vision for the third sector is one where organisations are working together to put an end to low pay and insecure work in the sector. 

Our work aims to bring about wider workplace change around pay and working conditions in the third sector through the Living Wage and Living Hours accreditation schemes, alongside growing the number of Living Wage Funders.

To support us with achieving these aims, key individuals from across civil society joined our Third Sector Steering Committee. This Committee will work collaboratively to provide strategic advice and guidance to the Foundation, as well as promoting the Living Wage and Living Hours in the third sector. Our joint mission is to encourage third sector organisations to play their part in raising awareness of and addressing in-work poverty in the sector, and for funders to enable not-for-profit organisations to provide a decent standard of living by going beyond the government minimum and provide a real Living Wage and Living Hours.

Meet the Third Sector Steering Committee

Meet the group of third sector leaders seeking to tackle in-work poverty in the sector

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Low Pay in the Third Sector Research Briefing

Read our research briefing to understand the scale of low pay in the Third Sector, including who is disproportionately affected.

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Rebuilding an inclusive Third Sector with the real Living Wage

During Living Wage Week 2020, we brought together third sector organisations and individuals from across civil society to celebrate the Living Wage movement. ‘Rebuilding an Inclusive Third Sector with the real Living Wage’ celebrated the over 2000 third sector organisations who are already doing the right thing by workers and made the case for why the Living Wage is needed to build a more sustainable and equitable sector. Take a look at a visual summary of the event here.

What about Living Wage Funders?

Central to tackling in-work poverty in the third sector, is the role of funding. Ranging from local authorities to charitable trusts and foundations, corporate, science and capital funders, our Living Wage Funders are committing to tackle low pay by encouraging the organisations they support to pay the real Living Wage. Find out more below about the scheme and find a list of our Living Wage Funders here .