Governance Explained


“Good governance in charities is fundamental to their success. It enables and supports a charity’s compliance with the law and relevant regulations. It also promotes a culture where everything works towards fulfilling the charity’s vision.”
Source: Charity Governance Code.

The Charity Commission has supported and endorsed the charity sector's governance code (now in its 3rd edition) developed by the Charity Governance Code Steering Group.

The purpose of the code as reported by the Charity Commission is: “To help charities and their trustees develop high standards of governance. As a sector, we owe it to our beneficiaries, stakeholders and supporters to demonstrate exemplary leadership and governance."

Digi-Board has interpreted the principles of the code (see below) into an easy to understand questionnaire format that reviews a charity’s governance. For convenience this is available online 24/7. This allows the board to quickly assess the ‘apply or explain’ test of its current governance practices as described in “the Code”. Click here to see how we deliver a governance review.

In addition the Digi-Board review goes further. As well as the Code's principles the questionnaire delivers further insights of factors that support good governance. These are board behaviours and cultural practices, the charity’s approach to fundraising, safeguarding and the use of digital to include cybersecurity and data protection – all critical to good governance.