Making Decisions At A Charity

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It is important to follow these steps when making significant or strategic decisions, such as those affecting the charity’s beneficiaries, assets or future direction. The Charity Commission doesn’t expect trustees to follow them step-by-step for minor decisions

  1. Follow the principles
  2. Keep records from the start
  3. Follow your charity’s rules and the law
  4. Get the information you need
  5. Plan your meetings
  6. Manage conflicts of interest
  7. Work together to make decisions
  8. Involve others at your charity

These are the standards that the courts have developed for reviewing decisions made by trustees. Trustees must:

  • act within their powers
  • act in good faith and only in the interests of the charity
  • make sure they are sufficiently informed
  • take account of all relevant factors
  • ignore any irrelevant factors
  • manage conflicts of interest
  • make decisions that are within the range of decisions that a reasonable trustee body could make

They must be able to show how they have followed these principles.