London, 7 February 2017 – ICSA: The Governance Institute is celebrating a gift of £2,500 to The Chartered Secretaries’ Charitable Trust (CSCT) from The Patron’s Fund, the charitable fund set up to acknowledge the work of the charitable organisations for which Her Majesty, The Queen acts as a Patron, on the occasion of her 90th birthday.
Around £750,000 is available to distribute between nearly 300 charities and other organisations in the UK and the Commonwealth. The Fund received generous donations from a range of supporters; including individual donors, businesses, schools, community groups and the proceeds from The Patron’s Lunch, the event on the Mall last June.
The £2,500 gift was awarded following an application by The Chartered Secretaries’ Charitable Trust, which works closely with ICSA and which supports chartered secretaries and their families in need, facilitates research to increase good governance for the benefit of the public and encourages the expertise of those in the field of governance with bursaries and prizes.
With a Royal Charter to lead ‘effective governance and efficient administration of commerce, industry and public affairs’, ICSA supports its members and other governance professionals by providing qualifications, training and guidance on governance for the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. It also works with regulators and policy makers to champion good governance, including ongoing work related to the UK Government’s corporate governance review and revisions to the charity sector’s Good Governance: a code for the voluntary and community sector.
Speaking on behalf of ICSA, Frank Curtiss, President of ICSA: The Governance Institute and Chairman of CSCT, commented: ‘We are delighted to have The Queen as our Patron. This money will help us to establish an annual prize named the ‘Queen Elizabeth II Commonwealth Prize’. A prize of £250 will be awarded to the student from one of ICSA’s Associated Territories who obtains the highest mark in the ICSA Chartered Secretaries Qualifying Scheme, a route to obtaining chartered secretary status. The Chartered Secretaries’ Charitable Trust will match the support received from the Patron’s Fund and we hope that this award will inspire students in Commonwealth countries outside of the UK, Crown Dependencies and Republic of Ireland to achieve the highest standards in the qualifying scheme and provide resources to facilitate their continued studies as appropriate.’
Sir Stuart Etherington, Chair of The Board of Trustees for The Patron’s Fund, said:
‘The Patron’s Fund is very pleased to be able to support The Chartered Secretaries’ Charitable Trust and ICSA: The Governance Institute with its valuable work. ICSA is among hundreds of organisations for which The Queen acts as a Patron, which between them make a difference to causes and communities in the UK and throughout the Commonwealth.’
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