Risk Management

The identification and management of risk is one of the board’s responsibilities. Risks are not just financial risks, but also include risks associated with loss of key staff and volunteers, reputation or health and safety.

The identification and management of risk is one of the board’s responsibilities, although parts may be delegated to operational staff or volunteers. The Charity Commission has guidance on risk management and we’ve picked out some of the best other tools and guides for you.


Useful tools to help with risk management


Some risks are dealt with by insuring against them, which may be a legal requirement (for example, motor and employer’s liability insurance, where a charity owns vehicles or employs staff.) The Charity Commission has produced excellent guidance.

Risk management

Risk register

A risk register is a framework for identifying, assessing and recording the risks that your organisation faces.

The NCVO:Risk Register template (available to NCVO members) should be used as a starting point for your own risk register and be adapted for your organisation.



Prevention, detection and responding to fraud are important aspects of risk management. See resources on the Charity Fraud Awareness Hub as well as the NCSC Cyber Security Small Charity Guide.

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