Celebrating Trustee Week 2021 - What does it take to be a trustee?

In the ‘new normal’, where the working day is often no longer 9-5, why would someone want to devote some of their precious downtime to being a trustee?  Well, in our experience, people choose to become trustees first and foremost because they have a personal interest in the aims of the charity. Perhaps not surprisingly, this is particularly true for trustees of family foundations, many of whom are acutely aware of the legacy and responsibilities that come with the position and are keen to continue the family tradition. But philanthropy in the 21st century may look very different to when these foundations were set up. Trustee boards today are having conversations around opportunity and challenge that would have been unknown to previous generations. With, for example, an increasing awareness of climate change, and an understanding of the importance of board diversity, we find that trustees are very aware of the

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Navigating the new do’s and don’ts and what support is and isn’t available is a fast moving and crowded place.  We hope this guide will keep you up to date with the main areas of concern for Trusts and Foundations. The Charity Commission response The Charity Commission has updated its guidance in response to COVID-19; please see here for details. In summary, the guidance states that: A charity cannot expand its beneficiary class because it suddenly wants to help a wider beneficiary group during the COVID crisis.  If the governing documents do not give express powers to change the beneficiary group, then Charity Commission permission would still be needed. Some of the government’s business support measures apply to charities. Restricted funds may, in some instances and as a last resort, be able to be used by the charity facing financial problems but professional advice should be taken. AGMs. If trustees

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The Trust Partnership and Stone King have joined their significant experience of working with Almshouses to put together three webinars aimed at providing trustees and staff with an Almshouse Toolkit of legal considerations and practical tips for the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond.  The first webinar on 6 May 2020 looked at surviving the lockdown and the second webinar on 17 June 2020 looked at Risk Management and Living with Uncertainty and the third on 28 July 2020 looked at Incorporation for Almshouses – Why and How.

Sarah Chiappini

Presuming that Brexit will go ahead (either on 29 March 2019 or later if Article 50 is extended), the UK’s withdrawal from the EU might affect charities in various ways, depending on their activities. In this briefing paper our colleague, Sarah Chiappini, sets out some of the issues that we should be thinking about. Brexit! – Implications for charities

Johanna Tompsett

Creating a new website is one of those things that can too often slip down the ‘to do’ list. There are always more pressing priorities: client needs, operational issues, being there for the team; and being home for family too. So, making time to reflect on what we wanted our new site to look like, the messaging, why it was even needed, seemed like a lot of extra work. Was it worth it? Categorically yes… and not just for the obvious reasons. Having the chance to reflect afresh on why we do what we do and the way we do it has been deeply energising. We are thrilled to share the results. From little acorns… As you’ll see, there’s a bit of a theme. Yes, we do like our trees! And if you’ve ever visited our offices, you’ll know why. We are fortunate to live and work in the beautiful

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Excited to be changing the world!

The Trust Partnership is very pleased to announce it has become the first Certified B Corporation in Gloucestershire, and part of a growing movement of people using business as a force for good! Founded in 2005, we’re a social enterprise that specialises in managing charitable trusts, and advising some of the UK’s largest businesses on their community investment and employee engagement programmes. From our Gloucestershire HQ, our 30 staff and associates manage the philanthropic activities of foundations, such as The Radcliffe Trust and the D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, making grants of more than £8million each year to good causes. We are excited that we’ve not only been able to build a thriving business, but to do so on strong ethical foundations. The way we treat our staff, clients and other stakeholders is really important to us, and becoming a Certified B Corporation is evidence of our positive impact locally, and on the sector

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