Trustees’ Week: New governance films launched to support trustees

Written by Lauren Weymouth

The Foundation for Social Improvement has launched a series of six short films to guide trustees through good governance.

Released this week to mark Trustees’ Week 2017, the films are based on the Charity Commission’s Essential Trustee Guide and offer trustees an overview of their core responsibilities.

The six modules covered by the films include carrying about purpose for public benefit, compliance, acting in the charity’s best interests, managing resources responsibly, acting with reasonable care and accountability.

Each film lasts four minutes and offers advice on the key areas trustees need to consider in order to carry out their duties.

Commenting on the films, FSI CEO Pauline Broomhead said one of the “underlying challenges” for the charity sector is increasing the quality of governance.

“Governance is no easy task and in an ever more complex regulatory environment and with ever increasing concern from the public, stronger and more robust governance is essential.

“Many of the charities we work with at the FSI have been asking for support, they want to deliver the best governance possible, but they need help and easily understandable information to do this. That is why we have launched this Essential Trustee series so that key information is easily accessible and easy to share.

“We hope charity trustees from organisations of all sizes find the resource useful, we recommend that these are used to refresh the knowledge of current trustees as well as part of the induction for new trustees”.

The full programme of videos can be accessed directly from the FSI’s website and are freely available for all charity trustees.

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