Good Governance Round Up

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Introduction

Welcome to this Round Up focusing on good governance for trustees and committee members, as well as providing some tips and resources to help improve practice.

Recent Sector News

GDPR: Charities encouraged to deepen their understanding >> Charity Digital News

The case for investment: Are charities spending too little on the back office? >> Charity Finance

The Community Life Survey has been commissioned by the Office for Civil Society to track the latest trends and developments across areas that are important in encouraging social action and empowering communities. >> Gov.uk

Top Tips

  • Sign up to newsletters and updates from useful websites.
  • Hold at least one trustee meeting a year to review your own board practice preferably with an outside facilitator.

Various aids and toolkits have been developed over the years to support trustees and committee members.

The very latest is the Charity Governance Code which has two versions (smaller / larger) of the code. This code is designed as a tool to support continuous improvement and enable trustees to regularly revisit and reflect on the Code’s principles.

About the Charity Sector Counter Fraud Group: Charity trustees have a duty to manage their charity’s resources responsibly and ensure that funds are properly protected, applied and accounted for. With a total annual income of over £69 billion, the charity sector is vulnerable to fraud and financial crime. It’s essential that trustees put in place suitable counter-fraud measures – even small changes can help protect charities from harm. The Charity Commission and others have established the Charity Sector Counter Fraud Group (CSCFG) to help improve the charity sector’s resilience to fraud.

The Charity Commission offers guidance by topic for trustees.  There is a full list of guidance documents available on their website with a range of topics covered.

Know How Non Profit is a website from NCVO which offers guidance on a range of topics relevant to the sector. There is a specific section on Governance covering areas of governance, leadership and managing change.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has subsidised training opportunities and online toolkits for trustees.  Through the FSI online services trustees are able to access training through webinars, workshops, and videos.

Lawworks – The Not-For-Profits Programme brokers legal advice to small not-for-profit organisations on a wide range of legal issues, to support the continuation and expansion of their services to people in need. The advice is given for free (pro bono).

Acas provides information, advice, training, conciliation and other services for employers and employees to help prevent or resolve workplace problems.

Icsa has published a new trustee recruitment guidance document.

We have also compiled a Resources Directory to assist you to find web based toolkits and advice on a variety of topics that support trustees to develop and sustain their organisations.

 

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