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Introduction to Good Governance Programme

This foundation programme has been developed to support small charities to strengthen their core governance. This short programme helps charities analyse and improve their governance foundations, and is a great precursor to the full Good Governance Award. The programme requires charities to evidence they are working to best practice in 12 criteria that are essential for charity governance:

  • Charitable Purpose: suitable governing document for charity type, fit for purpose and with clear charitable purposes.
  • Recruiting Trustees: appointment in line with governing document, equal opportunities in place, and trustees properly inducted.
  • Trustee Activities: regular minuted meetings, trustees acting in best interests of charity.
  • Conduct and Conflict: trustees have Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest policies in place.
  • Planning Ahead: business/strategic plan outline activities to further charitable purposes and planned funding of operations.
  • Money Matters: record keeping (including petty cash and annual accounts), fundraising follows guidelines of Code of Fundraising practice.
  • Reporting: trustees know when and what to report to OSCR (including changes and notifiable events), reports to funders and other parties made on time.
  • Safe Operations: health & safety adequately implemented, risk assessments and register completed, and insurances in place.
  • Protecting People: PVGs and safeguarding in place throughout organisation.
  • Handling Information: GDPR and confidentiality compliance, information provided to public on charitable status, and complaints handling in place.
  • Valuing Volunteers: recruiting and supporting volunteers fairly.
  • Making a Difference: evaluating services, measuring impact, and furthering charitable purposes.

For each requirement, charities have access to resources and advice to help them analyse, develop, and improve their practises in each area. The programme helps trustees ensure they are meeting the requirements and expectations of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).

Charities that move on to the full Good Governance Award after completing the Introduction to Good Governance Programme (IGGP) Programme will have the cost of the IGGP deducted from the Award fee.

Further FAQs are answered here.