Trustees encouraged to test their knowledge and understanding
As part of the latest phase of the campaign, the regulator has released a new Trustee Quiz to enable trustees to test their knowledge of their duties and responsibilities.
The quiz is designed to engage trustees with a variety of questions based on everyday scenarios that they may encounter at their charity. It has been designed to help identify knowledge gaps and is an ideal refresher for trustees at all levels of experience. Research shows that the majority of trustees feel confident in their ability to manage their charities, however there may be areas of knowledge they can improve on. The quiz is intended to encourage trustees to think again about what they know, to inspire upskilling.
The quiz takes around three minutes to complete and gives busy trustees an interactive means to quickly check what they know and help them uncover potential knowledge gaps they may not have been aware of. It prompts participants to test their knowledge on a range of topics, such as conflicts of interest and safeguarding. Feedback is provided for each question, and users are pointed to further guidance from the regulator to strengthen their knowledge.
Each participant also receives a score out of 10, allowing them to benchmark their knowledge.
Promoting guidance to busy trustees
The regulator acknowledges that trustees dedicate time, energy and expertise to volunteer for their role alongside already busy lives. The campaign encourages trustees to reflect on their knowledge and understanding in a quick and engaging way, and to sign-post to user friendly resources, notably the Commission’s suite of 5-minute guides. These are bitesize guides designed to support trustees as they manage the demands of running a charity and cover topics such as governance, managing finances, conflicts of interest, decision making, reporting, safeguarding, and political activity and campaigning.