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.
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Created and delivered by social enterprise Cause4, the Trustee Leadership Programme is an enriching career development opportunity that covers the key responsibilities of Trustees, governance and strategic planning, charity finance and fundraising.
This guide will help your charity learn how to: identify the trustee skills and attributes your charity needs; promote your vacancy; select trustees; and confirm and induct your new trustees. Published: June 2018.
The Charity Commission has designed these 15 questions to help charity trustees carry out a review of the charity's plans and decide what they need to focus on. Published: March 2017.
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.
There are several statutory obligations that registered companies must comply with or they will face financial penalties.
In today’s dynamic and fast-moving workplace, the board plays an important role in risk management and establishing an effective risk culture. Published: August 2015.
A director’s practical guide to asking the right questions at the right time.
Vacancy listings for board members roles.
Trustee vacancies in the independent museum sector.
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.
The guide will prove relevant to CEOs and their chairs but is also recommended reading for all those involved in the governance of third sector organisations. Published: November 2013.
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.
Helps Chairs explore and strengthen the relationship they have with their CEO. Published: 2016.
A Chair’s Compass – a guide for Chairs of charities and non-profit organisations focuses entirely on the Chair’s perspective and the particular challenges and opportunities of the role. Whether you are a new Chair, or highly experienced, this guide provokes both thought and action.