Trustees are the people in charge of a charity. They play a vital role, volunteering their time and working together to make important decisions about the charity's work. Trustees' Week is an annual event to showcase the great work that trustees do and highlight opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference. Trustees’ Week 2015 is 2–8 November, and is being officially launched at the NCVO / BWB Trustee Conference on 2 November 2015.
This is an exciting and challenging time for
trustees.Deeper partnerships with the
public sector and increasing demand for services means that charities – more
than ever since the creation of the welfare state – play an essential role in
the provision of public services.
Charities are increasingly engaged in public service
delivery and the government is seeking to open more avenues for charities – both
large and small – to enter into public service contracts.
While this means your charity has an unprecedented
opportunity to positively impact the communities they operate in, you also have
to navigate the new risks arising from taking on responsibility for public
·Funding – Organisations must ensure they balance delivery of short-term
public service contracts against their long-term financial stability.Strong financial planning is important to
ensure that your charity can survive even if major contracts are not renewed,
and continue to provide services to other groups.
·Liability – Working in partnership can give rise to economies of scale and
efficiencies.However, these complex
relationships can often blur lines of accountability when it comes to risk and
responsibility.To help protect your charity
and volunteers from litigation, there should be a clear understanding of where
liability lies at the start of any partnership.
·Charitable purposes – Working in partnership will mean your charity has to
respond to many, sometimes conflicting, demands.Meeting contractual responsibilities is
essential, but you must also ensure you are delivering the charitable purposes
for which your organisation was set up.
By ensuring that your charity’s core purposes are
embedded in all its activities, and that good governance and strong risk
management procedures are baked into how your charity is run, trustees play a
critical role in helping your organisation successfully navigate public sector
partnerships and deliver public services.
If you would like further information on the strategic
and operational risks associated with public service delivery, please visit the
Zurich webpage or contact your local Risk
and Insurance Consultant on email@example.com.