The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has published new guidance to help trustees run their charities effectively.
The guide, Running Your Charity, sets out trustees’ responsibilities in areas including the public benefit requirement, good governance, risk and insurance.
Frances McCandless, chief executive of the regulator, said it was important that trustees used the publication to ensure they avoided common pitfalls.
"The role of a trustee comes with a lot of responsibility – but, equally, it can be hugely rewarding as trustees bring their own skills, knowledge and experience to help a charity, its staff and volunteers to achieve their best and meet the needs of beneficiaries," she said.
"We hope our guidance will help trustees better understand their duties and responsibilities by providing an overview of the legal framework, good governance and what best practice looks like across common areas."
The regulator said it would soon be issuing guidance on its forthcoming compulsory registration process, which is due to begin by the end of the year.CCNI estimates that there are between 7,000 and 12,000 charities in Northern Ireland that will need to be added to the register, so charities will be called forward in tranches to register.