The Roles & Responsibilities of Small Charity Trustees 

SmallCharityTrusteesThe roles & responsibilities of charity trustees are defined by the Charities Act    They are therefore a legal obligation on ALL charity trustees regardless of the size (ie: annual income) of their charity.

Unlike the commercial sector, where the roles & responsibilities of company directors may vary according to their position, in most charities all the trustees have collective responsibility for ensuring that their charity is run in accordance with its governing document and the Charities Act.   Some trustees will have delegated responsibilities - eg: the Chair for ensuring that meetings are properly conveneed and managed;  or the Treasurer for ensuring that the charity's finances are properly recorded and reported.   But that does NOT mean that they can make decisions which the Trustees as a whole do not agree with.   Nor can trustees excuse themselves from responsibility if, say, the Chair or Treasurer were to do something which was contrary to the Charities Act or, in the opinion of the Trustees, not in the best interests of their charity.

Some of the leaflets below deal with specific aspects of running a small charity which one Trustee is identified as "taking the lead".   But ALL Trustees should be aware of what is involved so that they can collectively monitor that those aspects are being managed properly.   AND they should not hide from calling the lead person to account if they feel that their charity is not being managed properly.

TrusteeResponsibilitiesThe Roles & Responsibilities of ALL Trustees

Typical Roles & Responsibilities of the Chair
     {Including managing meetings}

Typical Roles & Responsibilities of the Treasurer
   {Including preparing regular reports to Trustees}

Payments to Trustees (and connected persons)

Minutes {Recording discussions & decisions effectively}

Preparing the Trustees Annual Report & Accounts


Managing a Small Charity

TrusteesTeamworkOutputs & Outcomes
   {What the charity does, and what it achieves}

Programme/Business Planning
Programme/Business Plan Template

Typical Roles & Responsibilities of the Treasurer
     {Including Budgets & Cash Flows}

 Typical Roles & Responsibilities of the Chair
     {Including managing meetings}

Minutes {Recording discussions & decisions effectively}



Other Guidance Trustees Should Also Be Aware Of

Simple Accounts for Small Charities

0404b CashFlowMonitoringAugTakes you to a separate web-page with guidance on how to prepare and manage the finances of a small charity in accordance with Charity Commission requirements WITHOUT having to use complicated accounts procedures and professional accountants or financial advisors.
The leaflets on that web-page are:

    • What accounts ALL charities MUST keep;
    • Typical Roles & Responsibilities of the Treasurer;
    • Recording & Managing Your Charity's Funds
    • Budgets & Cash Flows
    • Financial Controls CheckList
    • Bank Account
    • Preparing the Trustees Annual Report & Account;
    • Simple Accounts Spreadsheet {MS-Excel} & Instructions


ScrollExample Policies & Procedures for Small Charities

Takes you to a separate web-page where you can find a range of 18 downloadable/editable example policies & procedures which you can adapt to your charity's own requirements.