Here is a bold statement, everyone who can qualify needs to volunteer as a Charity Trustee.
The sector relies on the Charity Trustee to function effectively.
Those who donate know that Charity Trustees are rarely paid to fulfil the time-consuming role.
Why Volunteer to be a Charity Trustee?
The stock phrase is “to give something back”, that isn’t really a good reason. Consequently, the question is accompanied by what can you achieve as a Charity Trustee? Will and does it make a difference?
Here are three reasons to think about:
- You are needed
- The skills and experience you bring are valuable; and
- the work needs to be done
Odd reasons for many, because they focus on what the experience gives them, however, charity is philanthropy and benevolence in action!
Yes, it is true – whoever we are there is a critical place for us in supporting the most vulnerable in society, changing lives through direct action.
I Give Money!
Money is a tool the real gift is your time, your skills and your passion. Does something mean a great deal to you? Is someone going through the experience you have endured going to help more by people who have an academic understanding or by you as a survivor?
Raising money makes little difference to the running of the charity, and I often hear doners say “where does the money go? how do they justify that expense?” The answer is without your voice in the Boardroom or at the trustee meeting that important message will be missed.
Money achieves little without volunteers at all levels of the charity and the best example is always set by hardworking and dedicated trustees.
It Is All About the Gift!
Let me share an experience with you. My first three trustee roles were very challenging because the charities had issues with finance and I was asked to help sort out the issues.
With the task defined I literally got on with a job that the Trustees should have been doing for years. Once complete there was no further use for my skills, at the next AGM I couldn’t give a good reason for the membership to vote me back in.
The impact was shocking because it was then I realized I had no idea about the Charities, their purpose and how they benefitted others. Consequently, I was the wrong person for those charities (although my skills were useful to the charities my personal investment was nil).
Therefore the next charities I chose, I was recruited for my interest and what I could give. Consequently, changing my approach to volunteering as a Trustee resulted in a real personal investment.
Bring your gift! Bring your Talent! Share your skills! Be philanthropic with yourself.
Because you build your personal confidence, professional business skills and stay in touch with those who most benefit from your support.
Why am I passionate about Charity Trustees?
The local trustee is in decline, national charities use the media to get into our homes to highlight problems. They want your money.
Consequently, let’s turn our attention locally there are real issues and problems, communities, individuals need support and only those who live close to them can help. Therefore, that requires time, management, resources, and us!.
The Charity Trustee creates that.
Need to know what a charity trustee does? What responsibilities they have? and understand the rewards of volunteering? Contact me to discuss how we can help you find the right charity for you.
Therefore, are you looking for new trustees, looking for direct and simple training for trustees, contact us.