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Running your charity guidance

Charity trustees are the people who serve on the governing body of a charity. They come from all walks of life and almost everyone has abilities, knowledge or experience that they can bring to a charity.

Being a trustee should be rewarding and enjoyable, an opportunity to make a positive difference and serve the community while learning new skills. A strong personal commitment to the charity's aims is important. Most trustees are unpaid volunteers, but trustees are allowed to be reimbursed for reasonable expenses; there is no reason for trustees to be out-of-pocket.

Trustees have duties and responsibilities to their charity, its supporters and beneficiaries. If you have recently become a trustee, or even if you have been a trustee for years, it is important that you are aware of these and we encourage you to read the Commission's Running your charity guidance below:

Download CCNI EG042 Monitoring and compliance guidance - getting it right (1) PDF (980.9 KB)

Download CCNI EG024 Running your charity guidance PDF (1 MB)

Download Running your charity infographic PDF (618.5 KB)