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Governance

How voluntary organisations are governed to ensure they are effective, accountable and have direction.

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

Page last edited Jan 12, 2017

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