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Charity governance news, in-depth reporting, best practice, expert advice and discussion, including regulation, the Charity Commission, charity law, charity independence and the role of chairs and trustees.

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Rules on restricted funds

The Society Network Foundation's diversion of leftover money is under scrutiny. Laura Soley, pictured, says it is a frequent misconception that getting the donor's permission to make the change is all that is required

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Laura Soley says changing a charity's purpose requires more than just the donor's permission

Latest Governance Good Practice

Ruth Lesirge says trustees must manage meetings in a way that maintains trust and confidence

Checklist: Trustee-only meetings

Governance expert Ruth Lesirge advises on whether some board meetings should take place without the chief executive present

 
 

On the register: charities with annual incomes of £1 or less

Facts and figures from the Charity Commission's records

 
 
Although nobody wants to fail, an 'honest' failure can lead to learning and improvement says Elizabeth Balgobin

Don't let the fear of failure cripple your effectiveness

Boards shouldn't ignore risks, but equally they must not get paralysed by the thought of doing something that might fail writes Elizabeth Balgobin

 
 
McDermott says trustees should ask themselves whether they are still relevant to their organisation

Board Talk: How to balance skills with a knowledge of the cause

Vicky McDermott of Scope and Mark Haggan of Read International discuss how trustees can add value to their roles

 
 
 

Charity Governance Profiles

Ypeople Governance at the charity that supports vulnerable people in Scotland

Philip Rogerson, Central YMCA The charity's new chair tells Kaye Wiggins he enjoys working with a diverse trustee board

Robert Nieri: Now is the time to widen the charity tribunal's remit The review of the 2006 Charities Act should consider the tribunal's role, our columnist says

Changemakers Governance at the charity that offers young people leadership development

Reach Volunteering Governance at the volunteering charity

 
The Charity Commission

Changes to the Charity Commission

News, analysis and reaction to the cuts and changes to the Charity Commission.

 
Charity investment

Charity Investment

Good practice, case studies and expert advice on investment for charities.

 
Charity mergers

Charity mergers

Advice and commentary on charity mergers for chairs, trustees and senior managers. Plus case studies of who has merged and why.

 

latest Governance Comment

Wally Harbert says the commission is unlikely to achieve anything radical

Wally Harbert: Don't ask the Vatican to advise on birth control

Community groups will struggle to be heard by the Commission on Ageing and the Voluntary Sector because it is dominated by large charities that view the Big Society with contempt, writes our columnist

 
 

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