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Becoming a Charity Board Member: What You Should Know
Find out how to evaluate a charity before you commit to being a board member
Joining a charity board can be a fantastic way to channel your specific skills and connections into a worthy cause. Before you commit, it’s helpful to do a little research to check out what’s involved and if the charity is a good fit for you.
This two-week course is presented by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) and will help you understand your duties as a board member and evaluate whether a registered charity is a good fit for you.
Unpack the obligations and responsibilities of a charity board
On this course, you’ll get an introduction to the roles and responsibilities of an Australian charity including what a board must do. You’ll also get clear insights into the significance of an organisation’s reputation and the importance of managing conflicts of interest.
Learn how to investigate charities to see if they’re the right fit for you
Once you understand how a board’s roles and responsibilities work, and the impact that reputation has in the viability of of a charity, you’re ready to investigate these issues in real-life registered charities.
You’ll see how to evaluate key indicators that show you how a charity is performing.
Get expert advice from the Australian charity regulator
The Australian Charities and Not-for Profits Commission (ACNC) has years of experience in the charity sector, understands current laws, and provides guidance to registered charities on meeting their legal obligations. With all its insights, this course by the ACNC will give you invaluable guidance on what to look at before committing to join a charity board.
Learning on this course
On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Explain what a governing body is and the roles, duties and responsibilities of a charity board
- Identify your own conflicts of interest, reflect on the suitability of your potential appointment as a board member and contribute to managing your conflicts of interests
- Investigate a charity you are thinking of joining as a board member and evaluate key indicators to help you assess how the charity is functioning
- Reflect on the significance of reputation in the charity sector, explain the board’s role in reputation management and describe concrete steps the board can take in managing their charity’s reputation
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for anyone who wants to use their passions, skills, and connections to do good. Whether you’re starting out your charitable career or are an existing board member, this course will help you assess if a charity is the right fit for you.
Who developed the course?
The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) is the national regulator of charities. We register and regulate Australia’s many charities. We help charities understand and meet their obligations through information, advice and guidance. We help the public understand the work of the charity sector and provide a free searchable register of Australian registered charities.
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