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Why we all need good trustees

November 14, 2014

 

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Big Lottery Fund Good Governance Guide

As Trustee week draws to a close today will see over 100 people from a range of Scottish organisations and charities come together in Dundee for the  ACOSVO, OSCR and Scotland’s Third Sector Governance Forum: Excellence in Trusteeship event.

Targeted at past, present and future trustees it’s an opportunity to share Scotland’s collective experience of working as and with trustees, highlight the great work that trustees are currently doing, and present opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference.

Maureen McGinn Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair and UK Board member, will be among the speakers sharing her views on the key role trustees play across the third sector and discussing how good governance is vital for all. And for organisations across the country good governance can make the difference on a successful funding application.

This week in TFN Frank Gould Chair of Youthworks in Fife talked about the challenges and rewards of being involved with a charity but his message was clear: for those involved who volunteer their time you have to rise about the politics and remember it’s about the organisation you’ve committed to support.

Frank said the most essential skill a trustee can bring to a charity is resourcefulness. A board should have a good mix of skills and experience but it also needs individuals who are proactive – people who see solutions not problems.

The Big Lottery Fund sees good governance as not only essential but a key if you want to apply to us for funding. We will look at your governance arrangements closely no matter of you are coming to us for funding from £250 right up to and over £1 million. And we can support and signpost your group to additional help to strengthen your governance if we think you need it.

To help you get started we’ve put together a brand new BIG Good Governance Guide.

In the meantime is you have any questions please contact us:

enquiries.scotland@biglotteryfund.org.uk

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