We are seeking to find out your views about being on a Charity Trustee Board/Voluntary Management Committee within the voluntary sector. Your individual responses will remain anonymous and confidential. 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 would be grateful if you would complete this questionnaire using your own personal experience in your current role as a Charity Trustee/Voluntary Management Committee member. If you are a Charity Trustee/Voluntary Management Committee member on more than one organisation please choose just one organisation in relation to answering the questions. We estimate that the survey will take 15 minutes to complete. Your views are important to us, so please do take time to answer all the questions.
Definition: Voluntary Sector For the purposes of this governance research the voluntary sector 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.’