Many of those who run charities don’t realise they are trustees, Charity Commission says
The Charity Commission is urging people who are involved with running charities to check whether they are trustees and says that many do not actually realise they are.
The first article in the latest edition of CC News, the regulator’s quarterly newsletter for trustees and their advisers, has the headline: “Help run a charity but don’t think you’re a trustee? Read on…”.
It says that although trustees and boards might have different names at different charities, they are all legally the same thing. “No matter what term the charity’s governing document uses, you are legally a trustee if you are part of the group of people with overall responsibility for overseeing and leading the charity and directing how it is run,” it says.