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By Getting-On-Board, Jan 8 2018 01:02PM

Charities can now apply to participate in a project which looks set to revolutionise trustee recruitment.

If your charity struggles to recruit trustees (and you are certainly not alone: 74% of charities find it difficult to recruit the trustees they need), this free programme could be for you.

Trustee recruitment charity Getting on Board is launching Trustee Recruitment Pathways. The programme will focus on using innovative, free and low-cost advertising and recruitment methods to widen the pool of people currently serving as trustees.

To apply, charities must be registered in England and Wales, have an annual income of under £2million and be struggling to recruit the trustees they need to thrive.

There is no cost to participating charities, other than their time, as the costs will be covered by Comic Relief, The Pears Foundation and the Anjoli Stewart Fund.

Penny Wilson, Co-CEO at Getting on Board said: “Charities have been telling us for some time that they find it hard to recruit trustees. However, countless studies show that most new trustees are recruited through word-of-mouth rather than imaginative, targeted recruitment or open advertising. As a sector, we need to reach out to more potential trustees to diversify our boards in terms of skills, knowledge and life experience. We also need to take a cold, hard look at whether our boards are truly representative of the communities we are serving.”

The deadline for applications is Friday 16th February 2018.

For more information and to apply, visit

By Getting-On-Board, Nov 8 2017 01:29PM

Help us to reach 500 potential charity trustees on Giving Tuesday, Tuesday 28th November 2017!

Would you like to encourage your employees to undertake board-level volunteering to develop their skills and networks?

Giving time by joining a charity board is a superb way to make a valuable contribution to society whilst developing professional and leadership skills.

Did you know:

There are 100,000 vacancies for charity trustees in the UK

Trusteeship is open to all ages, backgrounds and skill sets

Trustees can be any level of seniority in their day job

The level of time commitment is modest (30 hours a year)

Most people don’t know what a trustee is or that trusteeship is open to them

96% of trustees said they had learn new skills and 84% said being a trustee made them happier.

Can you help us reach 500 potential trustees on #givingtuesday this year by booking a free 30-minute trustee information session for your employees? The sessions are suitable for people who want to find out more about being a trustee, as well as those who have never considered it before.

To book your session, visit

By Getting-On-Board, Nov 7 2017 02:53PM

At the start of 2018, Getting On Board will launch a new programme to support charities to recruit the trustees they need to operate effectively.

There are an estimated 100,000 trustee vacancies in the UK and our recent research showed that 74% of charities are still struggling to recruit the trustees they need.

As well as encouraging people to become trustees, there is an urgent need to professionalise trustee recruitment. Many charities are still recruiting trustees solely through word-of-mouth. It is estimated that only 10% of trustee vacancies are ever advertised. This leads to a lack of diversity on charity boards in terms of people, skills and knowledge.

With the support of Comic Relief, The Pears Foundation and the Anjoli Stewart Fund we will now work with charities to test free and low-cost trustee recruitment methods.

We will subsequently produce free guidance for any charity on how to recruit trustees effectively and cheaply.

For more information about this programme, please contact Penny Wilson,

By Getting-On-Board, Oct 4 2017 01:03PM

Taking a career break, whatever the reason, has its ups and downs. You might stop work for a few months on maternity leave, to care for a relative, or because of redundancy. Maybe your life simply takes a wrong turn, and you find yourself wondering how you can maintain your enthusiasm, skills and momentum without the regularity of working five days a week.

Whatever your reason for being off work, and whether it’s planned or a surprise; long-term or just for a few weeks, it is the perfect opportunity to volunteer as a charity board trustee.

Becoming a trustee is a great way to keep your skills up-to-date and also gives you the chance to develop new ones. It ensures you still have the opportunity to put your talents to good use, and is an excellent way to meet new people and make new connections. You could find that becoming a trustee while you are out of work opens up exciting new avenues when you return to your career.

And all the while, you will be providing much-needed support to the charity you volunteer for. Charities are crying out for new trustees and everyone has something to offer.

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