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Every charity has a board (also called a governing body).
A board is a group of elected or appointed individuals. They’re all responsible for the governance and strategic direction of an organisation, and hold legal liability.
To govern a charity means to:
A board may not always be called a board: Other names include a:
The board consists of trustees which is a formal role.
Find out more about trustees.
Although charities and boards vary in size and structure, all trustees and all boards share some key roles and responsibilities to govern effectively and remain compliant. These include:
Making sure the board operates effectively by taking account of good practice, as mentioned in the Charity Governance Code.
Find out more about the responsibilities of the board.
Most of the board’s work takes place at board meetings where trustees act together. Boards often work on big issues at meetings, making key decisions, monitoring activities and then delegating day to day work to others – staff, volunteers, sub-committees or individual trustees.
In small charities, boards are likely to be involved in day-to-day issues as well as governance issues. In these charities, trustees should still clearly define when they are working on day-to-day issues and when they are working on governance issues. This is to help make sure the board is carrying out its overall responsibilities.
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