5 easy steps to creating a healthy charity
Is your, charity being managed well? Do you think it is?
Leadership is a vital component of any organisation's success.
Let's look at 5 easy steps to help you create a healthy charity culture.
Your charity can truly make a difference with the right leadership and structure.
Having good governance helps charities stay compliant with laws and regulations.
This also promotes healthy attitudes and a culture that works toward fulfilling the charity's mission.
1. Your charity’s purpose:
Identify the charity's aims and objectives and make sure they're being met effectively and sustainably. Trustees have a responsibility to understand the environment in which the charity operates and to guide the charity to accomplish its goals as effectively as possible.
Creating a shared understanding of the charity’s commitment to its purpose throughout the team. Consistently having the ability to communicate the values of the charity throughout all areas of marketing and public interactions.
Having an effective and strong leadership team will enable the charity to successfully accomplish its goals. In addition, it sets the tone for the charity's mission, vision, values, and reputation in the community.
All trustees and the board, accept collective responsibility for making sure the charity has clear and relevant aims and an appropriate strategy for achieving them.
For this reason, choosing the right trustees/board members is one of the most important components to the success of a charity. You can find more information on what to look for when choosing trustees members here.
In order to achieve the charity's goal, it must adopt values and use ethical principles to make decisions. In addition, creating a welcoming and supportive culture for its employees to help them fulfil their role.
What is a charity if not having integrity and a strong ethical stance?
It is essential that all members of the charity embody this mindset, and it should be made aware that their behaviour outside the charity can still have a significant impact. If found to be unethical.
A charity's public benefit should be at the heart of everything it does.
4. Decision making, risk and control:
We now move into the nitty gritty of the inner workings of a charity, where a lot of the responsibilities fall to the board. Strategy and performance should always take precedence over operational concerns. Simply, board members are largely focused on strategy, which precedes the actual implementation of day-to-day operations.
We know that in order for a charity to succeed, monitoring and controlling its finances is key. The monitoring frameworks in place allow charities to document their progress each step of the way, allowing for clear and concise monitoring. Hence, this ensures astute management of resources and provides transparency for external donors and funders.
5. Equality, diversity, and inclusion:
It's paramount to understand the magnitude of this topic, and an emphasis must be placed on educating everyone in the organisation.
As a charity, how can equality, diversity, and inclusion benefit you? To be sure to make the right choice, you must ask yourself this question.
The idea of being inclusive is achieving a balanced perspective by utilising the diversity of ethnicities. It allows the charity to remain relevant to those it serves while also displaying a clear message. Moreover, it emphasises the charitable ideals that lie at the heart of the organization.
The result is a more focused approach towards the people and communities that the charity serves. Creating the right culture within the organisation that is relevant, empathetic, and strategy orientated.