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Governance Resources

We recommend the following resources:


Charity Governance Code: a Code for the Voluntary and Community Sector
Developed by a number of sector bodies, the new Charity Governance Code is a free framework to support good  governance within your charity.

TheEssential Trustee: What You Need to Know, What You Need to Do
The Charity Commission’s free guide for all trustees in England and Wales.

Guidance and Good Practice for Charity Trustees
The Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR)’s free guide to being a trustee in Scotland.

Running Your Charity Guidance
The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland’s free guide for trustees.

Governance Resources from NCVO Knowhow Nonprofit
NCVO Knowhow Nonprofit is a web portal that offers free advice and support for voluntary organisations and it has a section on governance.

Guidance on Governance and Trusteeship from Reach Volunteering
Reach, the volunteer and trustee matching charity and Award partner, has a range of advice on becoming a trustee, governance and recruiting trustees:

Governance Support from NPC
NPC, the charity think tank and consultancy and Award partner, has a number of publications, blogs and events that touch on governance on its website.

ICSA: The Governance Institute
The ICSA is a non-profit institute that offers publications, advice and qualifications in charity governance.

The Trustee Leadership Programme
The Trustee Leadership Programme is created by Cause4 (delivered in partnership with Close Brothers Asset Management and The Clothworkers’ Company).

Charity Finances: Trustee Essentials From the Charity Commission
Use this guide to fout how to manage your charity’s assets and resources, from cash and investments to staff and volunteers.


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