Sunday, November 12, 2006

Trustee skills gaps

According to research commissioned for 'Make every move count' the Governance Hub's education awareness campaign, only 6% of charity trustees feel that they are fully equipped for their role.

Some of the other findings are as follows:

80% of trustees take on their role to contribute towards a good cause, yet 94% feel they do not have the relevant skills, which of course makes further training and development absolutely essential.

The main skills gaps were identified as charity law and compliance (cited by 45% of trustees) governance (41%) fundraising (41%) marketing and communications (41%).

Over two thirds of trustees surveyed identified time constraints as the biggest obstacle to improving governance with two fifths of organisations claiming not to have any budget for governance support. Only 46% of trustees have had a formal induction and 22% are working as a trustee without a formal role description!

For details of funding available to support trustee training and development initiatives email


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