Laying down the responsibilities of charity trustees

A new version of key guidance for charity trustees in England and Wales has been published by the Charity Commission, following consultations with trustees and charity sector bodies.

Revisions to ‘The essential trustee’ mean it is “clearer, shorter, includes links to other guidance, and sets out lessons from the commission’s work. The guidance also comes with an at-a-glance summary for trustees.”

The guide seeks to make trustees confident about fulfilling their responsibilities, but can also be used by the regulator as “the standard against which they will be measured”.

Official news release, or see Civil Society News coverage, for more.

The essential trustee explains a trustee’s role as six main duties:

  • 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

Direct link to ‘The essential trustee: what you need to know, what you need to do (CC3)‘, in pdf or html formats.

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