A list of the unique values of the voluntary sector is to be published next month as the result of an inquiry funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.
The Inquiry into the Values of the Voluntary Sector, co-ordinated by Community Links, is now collating the findings of a collaborative inquiry group of 12 people, including charity, business, health and media experts.
Geraldine Blake of Links UK, the project carrying out the inquiry, said the report would produce a statement of values that charities would be able to use to help fend off encroaching threats from the private and public sectors.
Blake said the public service delivery agenda and changes in funding were particular pressures.
"People always say the sector is value-driven, but we never really unpack what those values are," she added.