YOUR ORGANISATION'S GOVERNING BODY (REFERRED TO THROUGHOUT AS A MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE)
We are seeking to find out your views and would be grateful if you would complete this questionnaire using your experience as the individual supporting/working with your organisation’s Board of Directors/Trustee Board/Voluntary Management Committee. For the purposes of this survey we use the term Management Committee.
Your individual responses will remain confidential and non attributable. The information will be collectively analysed within an overall research report providing information on governance within the voluntary and community sector and enabling some comparisons to be made with previous evidence gathered in 2003. We estimate that the survey can be completed in less than 30 minutes. Your views are important to us, so please do take time to answer all the questions.
Note: For the purposes of this governance research we refer to the voluntary sector which is defined as encompassing organisations, formal or informal, which meet the following criteria:
• informal or formal (ie with or without an adopted governing document) • independent (not controlled by a for profit organisation or the state; voluntary organisations must have a majority of non-statutory bodies, appointees or representatives on its board of trustees and a majority of non statutory members) • self governing • non profit distributing • benefits from a meaningful degree of philanthropy ie gifts in kind or of time (eg volunteers, non paid trustees) • established for public benefit
This definition includes most charities (for exceptions see below); housing associations; community groups, informal and formal; self-help and mutual aid groups; sports groups with community benefit; religious groups with social benefit; campaigning non political groups; community businesses; credit unions.
Charities which are not included are: school trust funds, places of worship, promoting and supporting religion, statutory charities, statutory museums, independent further education colleges, professional associations, charitable independent schools, charitable quasi autonomous non-governmental organisations and voluntary aided schools.
‘GOVERNANCE is about leadership and ensuring that an organisation is effectively and properly run. It has been defined as ‘the systems and processes concerned with ensuring the overall direction, effectiveness, supervision and accountability of an organisation.’