Local umbrella body Navca has pledged to help its members rationalise their infrastructure services.
In a policy statement launched as its annual conference begins in Blackpool today, the organisation says it will give practical assistance to its members to help them demonstrate their effectiveness and value for money.
Navca's 300 members provide training and advice to local charities in areas such as the law, governance and volunteering.
But with public spending coming under increasing pressure because of the recession, the umbrella body is understood to believe there is a strong case for mergers of organisations that deliver infrastructure services to make existing money go further.
Kevin Curley, chief executive of Navca, will elaborate on the umbrella body's position in his annual conference address on Thursday.
The statement also calls on the Government to focus resources on geographical areas where voluntary sector infrastructure is weakest or non-existent and use resources to lever in match funding from local authorities or primary care trusts. Navca says rural areas and south-west England in particular lack infrastructure support.