This #TrusteeWeek, Craigmyle Fundraising Consultants recognises and celebrates the UK’s many, many volunteer trustees. There are roughly 700,000 trustees in England and Wales helping charities deliver their mission.
Thanks to all the Trustees for all your hard work and commitment – keeping charities and organisations going during the pandemic and responding to new needs. You are amazing.
Trustees provide vital leadership: they champion the needs of beneficiaries, safeguard charitable assets and sustain strategic focus.
Trustees also have an essential role in fundraising. There are legal responsibilities – to ensure the charity upholds the Code of Fundraising Practice – but the needs for leadership goes far beyond this. Effective Trustees appreciate that fundraising needs to be organisation-wide (so everyone understands what is needed and their role) and they ensure the necessary foundations are put in place.
Down the years, working with organisations of all sizes, Craigmyle has seen the impact that supportive Trustees can make to fundraising campaigns. Personal commitment from the Board can make all the difference. In fact, there’s a triple value of Trustee financial support:
- contributing to the financial value of gifts and pledges
- establishing momentum near the start of a campaign
- demonstrating leadership and helping to establish a culture of giving.
That’s why it’s important to reach out to the next generation of Trustees to provide direction and offer support. Around 120,000 new trustees are recruited every year.
We’re pleased to see this year’s #TrusteeWeek is all about encouraging different perspectives because Trustee recruitment needs to keep diversity and inclusion up-front and centre.
If you’ve been thinking about becoming a Trustee but don’t know where to start or maybe you have never considered it, then take a look at https://trusteesweek.org/
If you are a Trustee, you can find out more about the fundraising training and support Craigmyle provides for Trustee Boards and Governors or please get in touch to discuss how we could help your organisations’ board development needs.