Charities are generally governed by a trustee board that takes overall responsibility for its work. 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
- accountability to those with an interest or 'stake' in the charity
Good governance should happen throughout a charity. The trustee board is responsible for good governance but they rely on many different people to be able to govern well: staff, volunteers, advisors and stakeholders.
These knowledge bank pages introduce you to the foundations of good governance, effective boards and constructive trusteeship.
Further governance help and resources from NCVO
- NCVO members can download a range of model governance documents and sample role descriptions in our Tools & Resources section under Board Basics.
- Try our online governance video training in the Study Zone section (free for NCVO members)
- Book one of our face-to-face training days either at NCVO or at your own organisation:
- Charity Trustee Induction and Refresher training
- Financial Intelligence for Trustees
- The High Performance Board
- Supporting Good Governance