A recently published report by the Charity Commission “Birth of a charity: Governance of organisations seeking registered charitable status” reveals that charity register applicants tend to rely on informal networks (organisations’ existing staff, volunteers, members, personal connections) to recruit trustees.
Although the Commission applauds the fact that would-be charity trustees are reaching out to other organisations and peers in the sector, nevertheless it is urging charity boards to widen their networks beyond personal connections in order to find the most talented trustees and develop knowledge and skills.
Sam Younger, CEO of the Charity Commission noted that more needs to be done to raise awareness of the wide range of benefits trusteeship can bring to the individual, such as the opportunity to develop new skills and take on responsibility for major decisions affecting the charity’s drive, and encourages charities to recruit as widely as possible for new trustees targeting young people in particular, who are often able to bring new talents and perspectives to an organisation’s work.
Trustees Week – a joint campaign between the Commission and a range of partners within the charitable sector and beyond – runs from 5th – 11th November this year.
Date: 8th November, 2012
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