Tools & Resources


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Tips of recruiting more diverse trustees

Trustees Unlimited, a leading resource of trustees and board roles for not-for-profit organisations, has outlined six ways to change the status quo in your own board.

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3VA Guide: Completing a CIO Foundation Model Constitution

This model constitution is for groups who have decided that a specified number of trustees are empowered to make decisions about the charitable incorporated organisation (CIO).


3VA Essential Guide: Legal Structures at a Glance for Community Projects & Social Enterprise

There is a wide range of structures open to groups and organisations which are active in the community. Such organisations are often called ‘not-for-profits’, but this term has no legal meaning in the UK. When you set up a new group or organisation, it is usually useful to agree a particular legal structure. Even if your group is fairly informal, you will need some legal structure if you want to open a bank account and/or apply for funding.


Governance and Trustees

Governance is a term used to describe the trustees’ role in the long-term direction of the charity, including its objectives or purposes, implementing policies and activities to achieve objectives, complying with legal requirements and accountability to those with an interest or ‘stake’ in the charity. Find out more from NCVO.

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Charity Governance Code

The Charity Governance Code is a practical tool to help charities and their trustees develop high standards of governance.

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