Monday, 8 September 2014
We know that, despite their hard work and passion, many boards of small charities lack the full range of skills, knowledge and expertise required to help govern their charities most effectively. And in very small charities, it is very often the same people who lead the organisation as well as handle the day to day operations.
Yet we also know that there are a lot of useful services out there, provided by a range of great organisations, but one of the greatest barriers to effective governance is making charities aware of the information and resources available to them that give them the means to successfully implement the principles of good governance.
Thanks to funding from the City Bridge Trust, the City of London Corporation's Charity we are delivering a 3 year programme that aims to build the skills and expertise of boards in small London based charities so that they are better equipped to respond to the challenges they face.
We plan to do this by researching what support is already available and consulting with our members on what does and does not work, and thereby identify any gaps. We will explore ways of filling those gaps through working in partnership and collaboration with a range of sector bodies. We will share this information with all our members across the UK and keep you updated with how you can get involved throughout the course of the programme.
We're basing a lot of our work around the 6 principles set out in 'Good Governance: a Code for the Voluntary and Community Sector', which has proved time and time again to be a great toolkit to help improve governance and organisational resilience. We hope the Building Resilience programme will help to support and develop the great work of the Code.
The Building Resilience programme is aimed at trustees and senior managers (or anyone who's interested in improving governance) of small London based charities. We define a small charity as one that has an annual income under £1 million.
In order to benefit from the programme you must be a member of the Small Charities Coalition. Membership is free and gives you access to our full range of services including discounted training events, a monthly bulletin and a bespoke skills matching service. Sign up HERE.
Posted by Trustees' Week at Monday, September 08, 2014