Who we are

Who we are

About Us

CSVnet is the Italian national association of service centres for volunteering (CSV, Centri di Servizio per il Volontariato). Founded in January 2003, it includes 62 of the 63 CSVs established in accordance with the framework law on volunteering (n. 266/1991) and represents them both at national and European level. This law is repealed and the current legislation is Third Sector Code (Legislative Decree 117/17), issued following the 2016 reform (Law 106).
CSVnet taking inspiration from the principles of the Volunteering Charter of Values and the Charter of Representation, it aims at increasing the collaboration and the exchange of experiences and expertise between CSVs to help them achieve their objectives, while respecting their autonomy. To this end, it provides counselling, training and support, working to make the CSVs network more effective as a system of  “agencies for the local development of responsible citizenship”.


Chairman - Since 2011, the association is chaired by Stefano Tabò. Born in Genoa in 1961, he earned a Laurea degree in Political Sciences with a thesis entitled “Gruppi di volontariato: elementi di definizione” (Volunteering groups: elements of definition). He was also awarded a post lauream diploma degree in “Perfezionamento del Terzo settore” (Refinement of the third sector) by Università Cattolica of Milan. Engaged in volunteering since the 1970s, he worked as deputy manager at Caritas, Genoa, from 1991 to 2014 and until the same year he was the director of the Auxilium Foundation. Since 2015 he is vice-president and legal representative of Opere Pie Riunite Foundation, in Genoa. He was one of the founder members of Celivo (CSV Genoa), that he chaired from 2004 to 2011. Among other things, he was the editor of the whole text of the Charter of representation.

Social bodies – Assembly of member CSVs; Governing Council (36 members); Executive Committee (8 members).


CSVnet undertakes intensive research activities on the scope and characteristics of its specific sector. Those listed below are among the most important and recent ones:

  • stable collaboration with Istat (National Institute of Statistics) to perform periodic surveys on the Italian non-profit industry;
  • creation of the first Report Nazionale delle Organizzazioni di Volontariato censite dai CSV (National report on the volunteering associations registered by CSVs) in collaboration with Ibm Italia Foundation;
  • Attività gratuite a beneficio di altri (Unpaid activities for the benefit of other people), a survey on the economic and social value of voluntary work, in collaboration with Istat and Fondazione Volontariato e partecipazione (Volunteering and Participation Foundation)
  • “Volontariato post-moderno. Da Expo Milano 2015 alle nuove forme di impegno sociale” (Post-modern volunteering. From Expo Milan 2015 to new forms of social commitment) (Franco Angeli, 2016), a research study in collaboration with Ciessevi, Università Cattolica of Milan, University of Milan ‘La Statale’, University of Verona, University of Pisa.


The institutional activity of CSVnet is communicated, in particular, through the web site csvnet.it and its social profiles. Some thematic web sites are also active, among which:

  • infobandi.net: one of the most important free portals to get information on opportunities related to national and international calls for tenders.
  • infocontinuaterzosettore.it: a portal of daily information and documentation (news, regulations, calls for tenders, events) on volunteering and the third sector.
  • tantipertutti.it: born from the homonymous project of CSVnet and Fiaf (Federazione italiana associazioni fotografiche, Italian federation of photography associations), this web site makes publicly available a selection of 1,400 of the over 10,000 photographs taken by 700 authors in volunteering Italy.
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