General Resources

We’ve pulled together some of the best resources and tools to help you learn and grow as a trustee, a leader and a board. Can’t find what you need? Check out our Better Boards programme for bespoke support.

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Your roles and responsibilities as a trustee

We especially recommend that all trustees read the Charity Commission’s Essential trustee: What you need to know, what you need to do. 

Another helpful document for trustee boards is the Governance Code.  If you and your fellow trustees follow everything in the code then you will be able to exercise good leadership of your organisation.

The Charity Commission has other useful “How to guides” for trustees , and a Charity Trustee Welcome Pack.

The Charity Commission has produced a number of videos to help trustees and chairs:

The FSI has produced a series of videos called the Essential Trustee. Trustees around the country use the FSI’s video series to help them to learn about their role and responsibilities.

The Small Charities Coalition have produced a Code of Conduct for Trustees which your board should all familiarise themselves with.

The Honorary Treasurers Forum offers support and networking for those who take the role of Treasurer on nonprofit boards. They publish the free Honorary Treasurer’s Handbook.

The Charity Finance Group has put together a guide to Essential Charity Finance for Trustees.

Clore Social Leadership have a Practical Guide to Board Leadership.

The Association of Chairs has resources for specifically for Chairs and their unique role in a charity.

NCVO Know How Library

The national umbrella charity NCVO have produced a library of e-learning for charities, social enterprises and community groups. There’s lots there, whatever your query. Did you know that if your turnover is less than £30,000 pa, you can become a member of NCVO for free and get all the benefits?

ACEVO

Did you know that there is a national network of charity Leaders? ACEVO provide training, career development and much more.

TED talks for charity leaders

These popular, engaging short talks may give you much food for thought. You can browse them yourself, but here are some that other people are recommending:

Good governance – what is it? Is your board good at it?

The Charity Commission endorse The Charity Governance Code as a tool that all charity leaders should use to guide their board development.

Charity Commission – Charity governance, finance and resilience: 15 questions trustees should ask

NCVO Knowhow: Board Effectiveness

NCVO Knowhow: Board appraisal toolkit

WCVA: Governance Healthcheck

Kingston Smith: A toolkit for Good Governance

System leadership

In addition to leading your own organisation, you might find yourself part of a wider system, trying to make a positive change in an area where lots of other agencies are also involved, such as healthcare provision. You might feel like a small fish in a large pond; but even small fish can exercise leadership.

Here are some articles which explore systems leadership which you might find helpful.