Charity trustees have specific legal responsibilities. These include:
- being responsible for directing the affairs of the charity ensuring it is well-run.
- ensuring it delivers the charitable outcomes for the benefit of the people for which is has been set up.
- ensuring the charity complies with charity law, its own governing document and other relevant legislations.
- ensuring that the charity’s funds and assets are use only to further the objects (or purpose) of the charity.
- avoiding undertaking activities that might place the charity’s funds, assets, endowments or reputation at risk.
- using reasonable skill and care in their work as trustees.
- getting external professional advice when appropriate e.g. if there is a material risk to the charity.
- acting with integrity and avoid any personal conflicts of interest or misuse of charity funds or assets.