The work of trustees touches most people’s lives but it is often unrecognised. Few people realise that being a trustee is a great way to support the work of a charity, whilst developing your own skills at the same time.
Every charity has a purpose. As a trustee you help the people running the charity to stay focused on that purpose and do the right things, in the right way, to achieve it. Becoming a trustee is an enjoyable and rewarding way to share your skills and experience with charities.
The Big Give Trustee Finder
Through the Big Give one philanthropist found their perfect charity to join as trustee. Paul Broom spent two weeks on a trip to Ghana with Village by Village and has now joined their board of trustees, lending his experience to help the charity achieve even more.
“The Big Give can shorten your research time and help you avoid potential pitfalls when you are searching for charitable organisations you want to help. It certainly worked for me!” Paul Foot – Trustee, Village by Village
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Reach helped a retired civil servant find the ideal trustee role. John Hawkins wanted to put his skills to use after taking early retirement. BulliesOut in Cardiff supports children and young people and their families who are suffering from the effects of bullying. John became a trustee of the organisation working in a training and development role, supporting the volunteers who go out and make presentations to schools, professionals and parents. He has also advised the charity on grant funding and marketing. John has become very passionate about the cause:
“I believe in a united approach, working together with parents and teachers to change the culture of bullying so that it will no longer be tolerated.”
John is currently working on a new strategic plan to take BulliesOut forward in the next decade.
The Charity Commission registers and regulates charities in England and Wales. Their guide, The Essential trustee: An introduction, covers the responsibilities and duties of a trustee and how you can get support and assistance from the Commission and other organisations.