The organisations announced yesterday that their trustee boards had agreed to go ahead with the merger, providing the diligence process was satisfactorily completed.
A joint statement said that the merged organisation would use the NCVO’s name but it would keep the brands of Volunteering England and the Institute for Volunteering Research, a Volunteering England initiative that carries out research into policy and practice in volunteering.
The new body will adopt the strapline "championing volunteering and civil society".
Two trustees from the Volunteering England board will join the NCVO board and another Volunteering England trustee will be appointed to the NCVO’s nominations committee for selecting trustee candidates.
A directorate in the new organisation, led by an executive director for volunteering and development, will also be created, the statement said.
The NCVO and Volunteering England, which have 102 and 21 staff respectively, already share the same building near King’s Cross in London. The chief executives body Acevo is also this weekend moving into the building, the name of which has been changed from Regent’s Wharf to Society Building.
Sukhvinder Kaur-Stubbs, chair of Volunteering England, said: "It is great for Volunteering England to be moving towards merger with the NCVO from such a position of strength. Working together will provide greater opportunity to ensure the voice of volunteering remains loud."
Martyn Lewis, chair of the NCVO, said: "With volunteering so high on the agenda in this Olympic summer, I am excited by what our two organisations can do together to support volunteering and be a strong and independent voice of civil society."The organisations hope that the merger will be completed in early 2013.