Trustees, Governance

How to recruit trustees for your charity

How do you get talented and dynamic individuals, who are representative of their communities, on board as trustees for your cause?

How to recruit trustees for your charity

The age of the average trustee is nearly 60, they are most likely to be male and white and the majority recruited by word-of-mouth and through limited networks. It is not surprising then that more charities than not say their trustees are unrepresentative and ill-equipped to meet their needs. We have to recruit trustees differently and there is no better place to start than here.

This full-colour guide takes you through all of the practical steps of a successful trustee recruitment campaign. From assessing skills gaps in an organisation’s trustee board, to effective advertisement, to developing meaningful inductions for a new trustee, this guide seeks to demystify process and promote the practice of open recruitment for charity boards.

‘Using this guide from Getting on Board, charities of all sizes can successfully and affordably recruit trustees outside their usual pool of contacts.’

Sarah Atkinson, former Director for Policy, Planning and Communications, Charity Commission

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How to become a charity trustee and Recruiting trustees for your charity were created by Getting on Board, a charity that helps individuals, employers and members of professional networks become new leaders in communities through board-level volunteering. The guides were written by Lynn Cadman, a governance consultant, project manager and trainer who previously worked for the Charity Commission.

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