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Good Governance

Good governance is key to ensuring your organisation is both effective in delivering its mission, transparent in the way it goes about its business and critically, compliant with any legislative requirements.

The guides, toolkits and links below provide a good overview of most areas which might be of interest. Please select from the list to find out more.

1. Legal Structures Table

A guide showing the range of legal structures available to the not for profit sector.


2. What is a CIO and why should you consider converting

An information sheet outlining what a CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation) is and why some registered charities might want to convert to this new legal structure.


3. Terms of Reference

An explanation of a Terms of Reference and what should be included.


4. Good Governance Code- For large Charities

Developed by NCVO and partners this is a practical tool to help larger charities and their trustees develop high standards of governance.


5. Good Governance Code- For micro Charities

This practical toolkit is designed to be used by the boards of micro voluntary charities to assist them to review and improve the governance of their charity.


6. Starting a new group

Practical ideas about the things you need to think about when starting a new not for profit group.


7. Trustees Annual Report Template

Charity Commission template for the Trustees Annual Report.


Useful Links

Choosing a Legal Structure– Government information about the types of not for profit legal structures and how to choose the correct one.

Charity Governance Code developed by NCVO and partners this information and code includes a practical tool to help charities and their trustees develop high standards of governance.

Trusted Charity Essentials Tool from the NCVO is a free online tool designed especially for charities as a way to do a basic health check on how your organisation is performing, identifying strengths and areas for development.

LawWorks is a charity working in England and Wales to connect volunteer lawyers with people in need of legal advice, who are not eligible for legal aid and cannot afford to pay and with the not-for-profit organisations that support them.

GetLegal has developed a decision tool to help you understand the differences between the legal structures and which one will work best for you.

Small Charities Coalition Charity Set Up Guide will steer you through the logistics of setting up a charity in simple steps.

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