20 Oct 2014
Readers of governance will be familiar with the concept of ‘founder syndrome’. That is to say, where either an individual or corporate body that has been responsible for promoting or setting up a new charity seeks to thwart (whether wittingly or otherwise) the orderly running of its activities and strategic direction by the properly appointed body of trustees... More often than not founder syndrome can be sorted out by a board of trustees taking a grip of the problem and acting collectively. A few years ago however I encountered a more virulent strain of the condition. Indeed, looking back on it, I fear I may have witnessed a dangerous mutation which crossed a nascent Napoleon complex with the founder syndrome to produce what I will name ‘the founder’s expert acolyte’.
Stephen Dunmore, interim chief executive, discusses the governance issues facing trustees of the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund as it plans its demise. Defining governance in its fullest sense always seems slightly problematic, since most definitions focus on processes, structures and compliance with laws. However, most of us who work in civil society know intuitively that governance is far wider in scope than a standard, technical definition might imply.
Ani Brooker, vice chair of Young Advisors, describes the role the charity takes in making sure that youth leadership is not tokenistic, but genuine and meaningful empowerment.
Good advice, but there is an important point to add: merger is rarely a proper answer to impending insolvency.
A newly appointed trustee soon discovers major financial problems and inadequate financial controls.
At RNIB, we value the work our board does. Trustees are engaged and interested in the work of the organisation and we generally work as a team. But as the chair, I have a responsibility to keep us working well together. Appraising trustees is one of the ways we seek to do this.
One female trustee has advised that she feels uncomfortable by a male trustees remarks but the chair is afraid to rock the boat by taking action. The Chairman offers his thoughts.
9 Oct 2014
Several charities have had their bank accounts closed recently. Tom Keatinge questions why this might...
3 Oct 2014
John Kingston examines the different forms of relationship an umbrella body can have with its members....
16 Oct 2014
Charity retailers are consistently coming up with interesting and innovative ways to promote sustainable...
16 Oct 2014
New research has tracked the careers of successful charity fundraisers who started out on the street....
15 Oct 2014
The British Heart Foundation is blending its fundraising and awareness campaigns. Polly Shute shares the...
1 Oct 2014
Charity Finance organised a debate on IT security, hosted by Ntegra. Ian Allsop accessed the discussion...
12 Sep 2014
European Union proposals for data protection could pose the biggest challenge for fundraising in a generation....
1 Jul 2014
Kirsty Weakley looks at Homeless International's new cloud-based banking software, as well as the rest...
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