Governance can be confusing, but it is important you get it right.

Effective governance is key to ensuring that your organisation achieves its purpose and makes a difference in a sustainable way. Collectively, the board is responsible for the reputation of the organisation and must ensure you are operating within relevant laws and regulation.

The NCVO give more details about board responsibilities and provide guidance specifically on the legal duties of trustees. In addition, the Charity Governance Code is a useful tool to ensure you are covering all the bases.  To make sure you are compliant with all your legal responsibilities download this legal checklist for boards of charities and other voluntary organisations.

NCVO have also published Charity Ethical Principles, which can be used alongside the Charity Governance Code.

We run free of charge monthly advice sessions at venues around the county where you can discuss your specific governance issues. We also have a number of conferences and training events throughout the year for trustees and other members of the board, and offer further support for charity leaders through our tailored training and consultancy services  and free one-to-one coaching with Henley Business School.

The FSI also offer training and advice on governance. Membership of the FSI is free to charities and community groups with a turnover of less than £1m.

The Cranfield Trust works with business volunteers to put their skills to work for charities as pro bono consultants, to help non-profit organisations change and grow. Some charities and organisations may be eligible for their free management consultancy.

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