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What are Charity Trustees a workshop for students

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Would you like to gain experience in management, admin or accounts? Have you considered volunteering as a trustee for a charity?

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Trustees oversee everything a charity does, from setting its strategy to being responsible for its work and finances.

In larger charities, trustees support and challenge the management team, whereas in smaller charities they are likely to have more hands-on involvement.

Being a trustee means you’re responsible for making sure the charity is run properly and uses its charitable funds and assets wisely. Also for making sure that it doesn’t do anything to put its property, funds, assets or reputation at risk, and takes care when investing or borrowing money.

Depending on the size of the charity, trustees will usually meet formally four to eight times a year. Between meetings, you’ll be expected to read papers and keep up-to-date with what’s going on in the organisation. You may take on other commitments such as overseeing specific projects or areas of work.

Many charities meet on Zoom now and will probably be continuing to do that for many of their meetings.

If you’re just starting out, being a charity trustee is a great way to gain experience for your CV. Traditionally the average age of a charity trustee is 59 years old which may be a little daunting if you are younger. However, 51% of charities believe having diversity on a board can benefit charities and so will seek to employ a range of talent from different backgrounds.

Working in the not-for-profit sector will expose you to new faces and potentially new opportunities, you just need to keep your ear to the ground and make sure you network.

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