This project, run in collaboration with the Charity Commission, reviewed newly- registered charities and their governance arrangements. The research offered up to 25 charities the chance to take part in a free governance review, conducted by an ICSA member.
The purpose of the project was to:
• highlight sources of existing governance guidance and advice;
• identify gaps in support and advice available;
• gain an insight into the opportunities and challenges facing newly registered charities; and
• uncover those factors that enable young charities to thrive.
In return for taking part, charities received a free, confidential consultation and review including an assessment of their governance understanding and arrangements and recommendations to assist the charity’s trustees fulfil their legal duties and improve the charity’s governance arrangements.
The final report to the Charity Commission was published on 9 April 2013 and included recommendations to help identify any areas where new or better advice, guidance or support may be needed. Recommendations included the need for more practical advice, including for example model documents, samples and checklists for the following:
• The early years – in particular a ‘starter pack’ with an action plan for the first years of operation and where to go for help
• Strategy and business planning and budgeting
• Trustee training and development for example, a model induction pack, guidance on monitoring and delegation
• How to make meetings and decision-making more effective
• Review the presentation of Charity Commission guidance