Fifty-two per cent of the 416 respondents agreed with this assessment, indicating that the sector is split on the issue.
Of those who agreed, 26 per cent felt the trend was having an adverse affect on the culture of the sector.
The findings were published to coincide with the 16th Charity Law Conference on Monday.
A spokesman for the DSC said: "If the sector doesn't challenge professionalisation for the sake of it, the consequences could be that charities lose their ability to attract volunteers."
- See Finance News, page 9.