Taken on trust: the awareness and effectiveness of charity trustees in england and wales

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1 November 2017
Social Policy, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Social welfare
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This report examines the characteristics of contemporary trustees in England and Wales, and considers their responsibilities and duties.

Analysis was conducted of the complete data set of the register of trustees maintained by the Charity Commission (which was estimated at circa 850,000 individuals filling 950,000 roles). A random stratified sample of trustees (19,064) was extracted to provide more detailed analysis via a national survey of trustees carried out in January 2017.

These results identify that in 80% of the total number of charities nationally, trustees play both a governance role and an executive role – they have no staff or other volunteers from whom they can seek support. They are very small charities both in size and in the resources they acquire and distribute on an annual basis.

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