2015 publications

The future of charities – how can we inspire the next generation of charity trustees?

Young people are very enthusiastic about charity and want to do more to support good causes, but only 2% of charities currently have a young trustee. This is despite research showing that 85% of people aged under 35 would consider becoming a trustee.

CAF is launching this Young Trustee Guide in order to try and address this trend, and ensure that both young people and charities are able to access the information necessary so that we can create the next generation of young trustees.

In 2013, CAF initiated the Growing Giving Parliamentary Inquiry, a cross-party investigation into how people of all ages can be encouraged to get involved with charity. One of the recommendations was surrounded young trustees, proposing greater action from charities to develop the skills and provide opportunities for the next generation of trustees.

CAF’s Young Trustees Guide aims to do just that. Created in partnership with young trustee Leon Ward and following our survey of young trustees in 2014, it examines the challenges that can prevent young people from becoming trustees, as well as exploring the benefits to the organisations who go out of their way to get young people involved in their governance.

The guide also gives charities advice on how they can make young trustees feel welcome, as well as case studies setting out just some of the different structures that charities use as a way of giving young people the skills needed to become trustees.

It’s important that young people are given the opportunity to get involved in the governance of charities, and engagement at an early age can help ensure that the charity leaders of the future have the skills that they will need.

We’re delighted that this report has received the backing of the Charity Commission, Scottish Charity Regulator, and the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland, and we look forward to working with organisations across the sector to increase the number of young trustees.

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