Trustees have duties to their organisations that are similar to company directors, but also are required to comply with charity law.
Act collectively exercising reasonable care and skill.
Safeguard the assets of the organisation.
Act in the best interests of the organisation, avoiding personal conflicts.
Keep information at the Charity Commission up to date.
This five-in-one training pack gives you the tools and information to govern more effectively. Tackle the issues you and your trustees are facing and maximise your organisation’s impact by turning plans into action. Governance, strategy and impact all rolled into one.
Chairs have a key role in ensuring the charity complies with the law which can feel daunting. The law is complex, wide-ranging, and changeable. Legal advice is typically expensive, may slow things down and can feel like a block to action. But a breach of the law can have serious consequences for the charity, and sometimes for the trustees personally. This briefing helps you understand the issues and find a workable approach.
In response to evidence suggesting an increase in concern regarding governance-related issues in the voluntary sector, the ACEVO Governance Commission set out to produce a practically-focused piece of work, focused on supporting voluntary organisations to understand and address the issues and challenges that can affect their governance. Guided by the concerns raised by respondents to the Commission’s consultation exercises, the report focuses on three main areas: appraisal and accountability; understanding roles and responsibilities; and board management. Published: 2013.
This guidance applies to the trustees of all charities in England and Wales, registered and unregistered. The Commission recommends that trustees read this guidance to understand the basics, and how it expects them to deal with conflicts of interest facing them or their charity. First published May 2014. Latest edition February 2017.
A guide to conflicts of interest policies, trustee benefits and transactions between trustees and charities from DCMS and the Charity Commission. First Published: 2008, re-published 2018.