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Charity governance, finance and resilience:


15 questions trustees should ask

In 'The essential trustee: what you need to know, what you need to do (CC3)' the Charity Commission sets out the 6 key duties for charity trustees and what these cover - the top three being:
  • act in the interests of their charity and its beneficiaries
  • protect and safeguard the assets of their charity
  • act with reasonable care and skill
To deliver against these duties, charity trustees need to be able to identify the critical issues - the charity's purposes and plans, its solvency, its resilience and quality of governance - and to be able to review these at regular intervals. The Commission has designed 15 questions to help charity trustees carry out such a review and decide what they need to focus on.

Making the right decision for your charity

Charity boards have to make difficult decisions on a regular basis. The Commission's It's your decision guidance offers advice for trustees about how to approach decision making and key things to consider. As a reminder, when making decisions trustees have a legal duty to:

  • act within their powers
  • act in good faith and only in the interests of the charity
  • make sure they are sufficiently informed
  • take account of all relevant factors
  • ignore any irrelevant factors
  • manage conflicts of interest
  • make decisions that are within the range of decisions that a reasonable trustee body could make

For further advice:

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