Being a charity Trustee is a big deal. There’s no salary and no (material) perks, but plenty of responsibility, so it begs the question, why do it?
The answer for many will be a desire to see the charity flourish and to this end will reflect the six main duties outlined by the Charity Commission of England & Wales:
- Ensure your charity is carrying out its purposes for the public benefit
- Comply with your charity’s governing document and the law
- Act in your charity’s best interests
- Manage your charity’s resources responsibly
- Act with reasonable care and skill
- Ensure your charity is accountable
But how many of us truly appreciate what this means practically and legally? Have we all read, and do we understand our charity’s governing document? Do we appreciate the operational activities of the charity well enough to determine whether all of the charitable objectives are being delivered? How does the charity assess and manage risk, review policies and ensure financial prudence?
With so much to do and think about, is it realistic to expect Trustees to fulfil their role if only engaging with the charity four times a year, at Board meetings? Probably not.
While Global Connections cannot lessen the workload or responsibilities of being a Trustee, we do want to support the Trustees of our members and the wider Christian community to be effective in supporting their charity to flourish. We want to minimise as far as possible the chance for Trustees to be blindsided by the unknown-unknowns.
If you’re a Trustee looking for a bit of help to fill in some gaps, or if you have advice and guidance to offer, we would really like to engage with you. Or you might be in a senior management role and looking for ways to engage more effectively with your Trustees. Regardless of which one applies to you, we would like to encourage you to sign up to our Finance and Governance forum. Click here to sign up.
If you would like to know more about the Finance & Governance Forum, or any of our other forums, please contact Andy Law.