Taken on Trust

The Charity Commission published a major new report into trusteeship calling for changes in the way boards are recruited and supported. The report is at Taken on Trust: the Awareness and Effectiveness of Charity Trustees in England & Wales.

The report estimates the value of the time that trustees spend on their role is around £3.5bn per year. Trustee payment remains relatively rare, with only 1.6% of charities paying trustees.  Trustee diversity is poor as the average trustee is likely to be male, 60 or older years of age and 92% white.  The report highlighted relatively serious skills gaps on boards, particularly in legal, fundraising and digital areas.  However the report also finds that awareness of trustees’ legal status and responsibilities are much better than previously supposed and that there is no obvious shortage of individuals seeking trustee roles.

The report makes 28 recommendations, which fall into five categories:

  • Measures to improve diversity and recruitment
  • Changes to how boards are supported
  • A digital advice, support and communications strategy
  • A need for the Charity Commission to collect additional information
  • A call for further research to support this report

November 15, 2017

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