Friday 12 September 2014

Bridging the Gap: Free new trustee guide launched

New guide launched as part Lord Mayor’s Charity Leadership Programme aimed at future trustees

A new guide entitled ‘Bridging the Gap: moving onto to nonprofitboards’ has just launched as part of the legacy support materials from the Lord Mayor’s Charity Leadership programme 2014.

The free to download guide has been written and produced by Cass Centre for Charity Effectiveness, Mazars LLP, and Trustees Unlimited, and is primarily aimed at people working in the private sector who wish to take up a trusteeship or other volunteer roles in the charity and nonprofit sector.

It is also recommended reading for charities who wish to recruit people from outside the sector to help them learn how best to use the skills and experience of people, irrespective of their sector background. The guide covers four main areas:

  • The Sector – context, composition and character
  • Governance
  • Culture
  • How to become a trustee
Denise Fellows, Director and CEO, Consultancy Cass Centre for Charity Effectiveness, and the guide’s editor says:“The culture of the nonprofit sector is different from that of the private sector. It is not better or worse, just different, and it is helpful to understand how to navigate the disparities.”

“There are challenges in the world today which require the broad thinking and understanding that can be gained by putting together the knowledge and experience of those in all three sectors –public, private and voluntary. People who can navigate through the different cultures and sectors will be much better equipped to meet those challenges,”adds Ms Fellows.

Ian Joseph, Chief Executive, Trustees Unlimited has written a chapter on ‘How to become a trustee’ entitled ‘Know thyself – motivation’ that looks at the most important things someone must consider before taking on a trusteeship. Joseph says “When thinking about becoming a trustee, one of the first things to consider is why you want to become a trustee. Research has shown that reasons are often varied, with one survey of potential and existing trustees suggesting that there are often mixed motives, notably 30 per cent keen to learn new skills 30 per cent passionate about a particular cause.

“This guide is a useful read for anyone considering a trusteeship as it gives a succinct overview of the sector, the challenges and what to expect and could help someone decide if it’s the right thing for them to be taking on. It’s crucial that people understand all the implications and are as prepared as possible, and are doing it for the right reasons,” adds Mr. Joseph.

The Lord Mayor’s Charity Leadership Programme is a year-long programme of free event sponsored by Cass Business School, Mazars LLP and the Macquarie Group Foundation. It is supported by the Association of Chairs, the City Bridge Trust, Coutts and Trustees Unlimited. It was devised by the Lord Mayor’s Consort, Nicholas Woolf to provide a leadership programme within the City to increase the number and effectiveness of charity chairs.

Nicholas Woolf, The Lord Mayor’s Consort said: “I am delighted with how the programme has been received. We have had some really stimulating lectures and debates on many pertinent issues –with another debate and a major conference for Chairs still to come. This important guide is part of a series of legacy materials which capture some of the expertise and experience from the programme, providing continued learning for those working and volunteering in the sector.”

The next debate will be taking place at Coutts on 18 September, looking at Social Engagement; focusing on sports, arts and volunteering. The programme will conclude with a conference for Chairs and city professionals on 21 October 2014.

Also follow @CassCCE using #LMCLP14 to keep up to date with the programme events.

Notes for Editors

The Rt. Hon. Lord Mayor of the City of London

The theme of Fiona Woolf's mayoralty is "The Energy to Transform Lives". The Lord Mayor's Appeal 2014 is supporting four community-based charities that are all transforming lives. They are Beating Bowel Cancer, Princess Alice Hospice, Raleigh International and Working Chance

Main programme sponsors

Cass Business School - Centre for Charity Effectiveness

Cass Business School is ideally placed in the City of London, close to the Bank of England, and at the heart of the capital’s charity triangle. The School’s research output is ranked as world-leading and internationally excellent. Cass is triple-accredited by AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB, placing it in the elite of global business schools.

The Centre for Charity Effectiveness at Cass (Cass CCE) is the leading nonprofit and philanthropy centre in the UK and has significantly enhanced the performance of hundreds of organisations and thousands of individuals across the nonprofit sector.

Our world-class blend of academic research, postgraduate programmes, talent development and consultancy services deliver leading-edge thinking by combining extensive practical experience with best practice, theory and research.

Contact details: / / Tel 020 7040 0901

Mazars LLP is a single integrated international partnership in 71 countries, providing audit, accounting, tax and advisory services. In the UK, we have 116 partners and over 1,250 employees working at our 18 offices. We act for a wide range of not for profit organisations, including charities, social enterprises, social housing and education. As well as compliance services, we work with our charity clients on board development, strategic planning, governance arrangements and risk mitigation. We also have teams working on social finance, sustainable banks, sustainable cities and ethical supply chain auditing.

The philanthropic arm of Macquarie Group, the Macquarie Group Foundation has been investing in communities in which Macquarie staff live and work for more than 25 years, together contributing more than £130 million over that time. The Foundation has a range of initiatives to also build the sustainability of community organisations, including sharing employee skills and supporting programmes that improve the capacity of the non-profit sector. This year the Foundation supported 1300 organisations worldwide, and in London, approximately 30% of Macquarie staff were involved in volunteering programmes in Islington and Hackney.

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