BTCV chief executive Tom Flood and former RNIB director-general Ian Bruce have both been awarded CBEs in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.
Ian Bruce was director-general of the RNIB from 1983-2003, and is now founding head of the Centre for Charity Effectiveness at City University's Cass Business School.
Other notable voluntary sector personalities to have received gongs include former Community Fund chair Lady Diana Brittan, who becomes a dame of the British Empire, while Remploy chairman Alan Pedder and RNLI chairman Peter Nicholson received CBEs.
Kids Out chief executive John Garner and Jack Petchey of the foundation of the same name, were awarded OBEs, as was Cafod's head of public policy, George Gelber. Gelber joined Cafod in 1989 as a campaigner on Latin America and set up the agency's public-policy unit in 1993.
Caroline Diehl, chief executive of the Media Trust, and Rosemary Edwards, deputy chair of Citizens Advice, were awarded MBEs. David Fielding, who is on secondment from the Community Fund to umbrella body Acevo as a special adviser, received an MBE for his services to martial art Aikido.