ACEVO and NCVO have unveiled plans to set up a £1 million centre to promote better leadership in the voluntary sector.
Management consultant Tony Jefferson has been appointed project director to secure funds.
Jefferson wants government funding and is also looking to the private sector to provide accommodation and additional money. A business plan for the centre, which will have 10 staff, is expected by the end of the year.
ACEVO and NCVO are collaborating in response to fears that there is no mechanism in the voluntary sector for passing on leadership skills.
They also believe that charities rely too heavily on bringing in leaders from other sectors instead of developing their own.
An ACEVO spokesman said that the centre, which is yet to be named, would provide a "hub for all the other leadership initiatives in the sector, with a focus on lobbying to improve provision for leadership".