Very few charities carry out adequate
screening of potential trustees, according to a report by the
Charity Commission released this week.
Based on a NOP survey of 3,000 charities, the
commission’s day-to-day work with charities, and on consultations
with umbrella bodies, the report also reveals that trustee boards
rely too heavily on word-of- mouth for recruitment.
Trustee induction is often inadequate and
there are occasions when trustees have not been given copies of the
charities’ constitutions and accounts, it adds.
Charity commissioner Julia Unwin said: “It is
important that trustees are recruited in a way that’s both open and
representative of society, and that enables them to start
contributing straight away.
– Trustee Recruitment, Selection and
Induction can be found at www.charitycommission.gov.uk