Three hundred charity chief executives were today due to attend the launch of a manifesto aimed at promoting better leadership in the voluntary sector.
The manifesto, published in draft form by Acevo, sets professional standards that aim to help charities negotiate better contracts with government and improve standards of governance and staff management.
Acevo members have three months to comment on the proposals, which were unveiled at the organisation's summer forum in London.
Chief executive Stephen Bubb said: "The manifesto is about equipping chief executives with commercial skills and getting better at contract negotiation."
About 20 members are currently taking the first Acevo diploma course in company direction, run in partnership with the Institute of Directors.
They are expected to complete the course in October.
Acevo has also submitted a business plan, in partnership with the NCVO, to the Home Office in the hope of winning government funding for a virtual Third Sector Leadership Centre.
The centre is expected to be based at an academic institution and will provide support for leadership development programmes.