Charity launches programme to diversify trusteeship

Getting on Board's Trustee Recruitment Pathways initiative helps charities to use free and cheap advertising and recruitment methods

The trustee recruitment charity Getting on Board has launched a free programme to help smaller charities recruit a more diverse set of trustees.

The Trustee Recruitment Pathways programme is designed to enable charities to use free and low-cost advertising and recruitment methods to find new trustees.

The programme is open to English and Welsh charities with annual incomes of £2m or less, and the programme’s costs will be covered by Comic Relief, the Pears Foundation and the Anjoli Stewart Fund.

About 74 per cent of charities struggle to recruit trustees, according to Getting on Board, and a recent study from the Charity Commission and the Office for Civil Society found that the majority of trustees were middle-aged, male and well-off.

Penny Wilson, co-chief executive at Getting on Board, said: "Charities have been telling us for some time that they find it hard to recruit trustees. However, countless studies show that most new trustees are recruited through word of mouth rather than imaginative, targeted recruitment or open advertising.

"As a sector, we need to reach out to more potential trustees to diversify our boards in terms of skills, knowledge and life experience. We also need to take a cold, hard look at whether our boards are truly representative of the communities we are serving."

The deadline for applications from charities that wish to take part in the programme is 16 February.

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