Trustees have general control over a charity. Trustees have a duty to ensure that the charity is doing what it was set up to do and must work out the most efficient way it should be run. This may sound like a lot of responsibility, but the work trustees do is vital for all charitable organisations to succeed and it is so rewarding for them to know that their charity has achieved it’s charitable aims all because they put in the hard work. A trustee has many duties. They must ensure that the charity is carrying out it’s purposes for the public benefit by setting up governing documents stating the charities work activities and goals. The charity must comply to these documents and it’s lawful requirements by keeping their financial and registration details up to date. Trustees must act in their charities best interests by making balanced and informed decisions with their co-trustees to decide ways to best enable the charity to carry out it’s purposes. Trustees must not let their personal interests conflict with their duties to their charities and must not receive any benefits from their charity, expect for legitimate expenses. Trustees have a duty to ensure the charities resources are managed responsibly, reasonably and honestly by making sure funds are spent cautiously and not taking inappropriate risks that could damage the charities assets or reputation. Overall, trustees must act with reasonable care and skill and put in enough time and effort into their work in order to ensure their charities are running efficiently and appropriately for their causes. Here at Involve, we offer support for trustees in their role, as we understand how important their work is for the voluntary and community sector to succeed. If you need any help or advice about your work as a trustee, or if you are interested in becoming one, but don’t know where to start, contact us, or visit our website for more information.