How to run a charity
This guide offers practical support and advice to anyone involved in the management and administration of charities. Looks at the legal framework, finance and managing assets, the role and responsibility of charity boards and trustees in both theory and practice. Includes case studies of both good and bad practice. Updated to reflect the latest legislation including the 2015 Charities SORP and the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016.
Chapter 1 looks at the standing of a charity in law as well as the regulatory framework in which they operate and the legal forms available to charities including the new charitable incorporated organisation (CIO) form.
Chapter 2 deals with the constitution of the charity, depending on the legal form of the charity.
Chapter 3 examines governance issues such as the role and liabilities of trustees, the effectiveness of charity governance and the Charity Governance Code.
Chapter 4 looks at membership matters such as matters reserved for the members, members rights, duties and liabilities, members meetings and annual general meetings.
Chapter 5 deals with the accountability to stakeholders and reporting issues such as Charity annual return and account filing, independent examination and audit.
Chapter 6 examines stewardship issues such as conflicts of interest, risk management and payment of benefits to and transactions with trustees.
Chapter 7 looks at operational matters such staff and volunteers, record keeping, health & safety and safeguarding.
As well as funding and fundraising, Chapter 8 deals with tax and VAT, trading and investments.
Appendix 1: Role description for charity trustee
Appendix 2: Role description for chairman
Appendix 3: Role description for treasurer
Appendix 5: Role description for secretary
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