Funders should reward open trustee reviews, New Philanthropy Capital report urges

Think tank says the move would 'promote transparency at the top'

Funders should promote transparency at the top of charities by rewarding those that are open in their trustee review processes, according to a new report from the think tank New Philanthropy Capital.

The report, Trusteeship 2010, says the recruitment, training and evaluation of boards is under-resourced and should be given a higher priority by charities and the government.

"If charities publish details of their own induction and review processes in their annual reports, and funders reward those that do so, it should encourage debate and promote a culture of transparency about how well boards are working," it says.

The report says charities and government should promote trusteeships as a form of volunteering.

Clare Yeowart, the author of the report, said charities could be more open by explaining what induction new trustees receive or reporting the results of their last board evaluations in their annual reports.

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