The cover theme of the March 2021 edition of G&L is alternative models of public benefit governance.
In the July 2020 edition we explored some different constitutional options for governing social sector organisations, beyond the traditional two-tier model used by most medium to large charities. In this issue, we have followed up with some case studies of organisations that have adopted alternative models. Cartrefi Cymru Cooperative is a £25m-turnover social care charity that also became a multi-stakeholder cooperative; Together TV transitioned from a subsidiary trading company of the Media Trust to a community benefit society and exempt charity registered with HMRC; and Learning Disability England (LDE) is a registered charity that has established a representative body of staff and members to advise and support the trustee board.
We also feature a response to our January features on climate change from a self-avowed climate change sceptic. Experienced charity trustee Trevor Jones felt that the coverage raised some pertinent governance questions, so we have published an article from him outlining these.
Just-departed National Lottery Community Fund deputy director Shane Ryan shares his reflections on helping to establish the Phoenix Fund, a new model of grantmaking that centres on genuine partnership and co-design, and in the Law & Guidance section, charity lawyer Nicola Evans picks out the implications for charities of new proposals to reform Companies House.
The theme of the Core Functions section this month is finance, and Stroke Association finance chief Chris Fyfe explains why and how the charity changed its reserves policy in light of the coronavirus crisis.
And on our back page, regular columnist Elizabeth Balgobin considers the challenges facing women leaders, and concludes that representation really matters.
- Cover Theme: Alternative governance approaches
- Strategy & Operations
- People & Culture
- Law & Guidance
- Core functions: Finance & Audit
- The Final Word
Shane Ryan shares his reflections on the creation of the Lottery-funded, pandemic-inspired Phoenix Fund – a new way of funding small organisations that centres on genuine partnership and co-design.
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