Being a good trustee to strengthen your charity

This year’s Trustees’ Week, focusing on “Stronger Charities through Good Leadership”, is currently under way. Here are some useful items produced as a result. If others appear in the next day or two (quite likely) they may be added here too.

From CharityComms, ‘Understanding communications: a brief guide for charity trustees’. Request a download (6 page pdf, 168KB, email address required) via their article ‘Friends at the top: getting to know your trustees‘, giving some thoughts from a communications worker perspective. » Continue reading news item ... “Being a good trustee to strengthen your charity”

Practical trustee guide on charity fundraising

New publication ‘Trustees and Fundraising: a practical handbook’ has been jointly produced by Institute of Fundraising, Charity Finance Group, ACEVO and NCVO. It “provides a one-stop shop for experienced and new trustees alike, to help a charity board pick its way through the complicated territory that is fundraising”.

From a quick browse, this does seem to be a well produced and useful resource for all trustees involved with charities that have any fundraising activity. » Continue reading news item ... “Practical trustee guide on charity fundraising”

Trustees Week majors on good leadership and effective chairing

This year’s Trustees Week is to focus on leadership development, it has been announced. The week runs from 7th to 13th November.

Organisations interested in taking part in Trustees Week can list trustee-matching, training and celebration events on the dedicated website.

Trustees Week is operated by a coalition of sector organisations, including Governance and Leadership magazine, a Civil Society Media publication which will be distributed at Trustees Week events. » Continue reading news item ... “Trustees Week majors on good leadership and effective chairing”

Support to get trustees considering social investment

The trustees and committee members of charities and social enterprises are the target of a new campaign to help them understand the risks and opportunities of social investment.

The Get Informed campaign has been launched by Big Society Capital along with Association of Chairs, Honorary Treasurers Forum and Cass Centre for Charity Excellence. The Charity Commission (England and Wales) is also involved, following its research that revealed “skilled and engaged boards” were better able to consider alternative funding methods to achieve their strategy. » Continue reading news item ... “Support to get trustees considering social investment”

Encouraging trustee involvement in charity communications

The group for charity communications professionals CharityComms has published a best practice guide on ‘How to talk to your trustees about comms’. It aims to help comms professionals understand how to speak to the board and urges trustees to be more involved.

The CharityComms article on the guide starts with:

While many charity board duties relate closely to core comms responsibilities, most trustees appear to have little understanding of the role and remit of communications.

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Think tank makes proposals on charity governance improvements

Sector think tank New Philanthropy Capital has produced suggestions on how charity governance can be improved, along with the impact of the sector as a whole.

The policy paper recommendations include:

  • Annual reporting by large charities to the Charity Commission (via the Statement of Recommended Practice) should focus on a charity’s impact as well as its financial standing.
  • The same annual reporting should include details on training and evaluation undertaken by the board to develop its own work and remain effective.
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