More responses and commentary on the collapse of Kids Company, the parliamentary committee (PACAC) report on this and the implications for charities of the ongoing media frenzy.
On Civil Society News, in ‘A trustee’s response to being called ‘wilfully blind or incompetent’, Andrew Purkis responds to the PACAC accusation that trustees were “wilfully blind or incompetent” and gives five reasons why they failed to exercise oversight more effectively.
One of the politicians on the committee has said that he believes that it wrongly “rushed to judgment” by blaming trustees for charity’s collapse. Coverage from The Guardian.
By contrast a blog from governance institute ICSA is headed ‘Primary responsibility rests with trustees‘. The report gave the author “pause to reflect on my own practice and the governance arrangements of the charity on whose board I serve”.
Third Sector Research Centre has a podcast and slides from a December seminar on the collapse of Kids Company – a settling of accounts.
A wider view
The Observer view on charities and their role in society is worth a read – ‘Public money means once-sacrosanct charities need public scrutiny‘.
Previous VoluntaryNews article ‘Moving charities on from Kids Company fall-out‘.