Good governance diversity and recruiting new trustees
Increasing board diversity was important before the pandemic, but now as we rebuild and recover it has to be a top priority so leadership is more inclusive and representative of our beneficiaries and wider society. Diversity in all its forms drives better decision making, but trustee recruitment can be difficult, and many organisations still rely on word of mouth and existing networks. With more people now looking to volunteer, underrepresentation of BAME people and young trustees, now is the time to look at how to get a broader mix of skills, knowledge and experience on your board. This webinar will look at how to recruit for the future and offer suggestions on how to induct new trustees in a virtual world.
This practical session will give you clear actions on what every charity should have in their digital plans for the next few months. We will give you the building blocks of a digital action plan, that your charity can use to underpin your digital strategy.
We will look at:
Plus much more to help your organisation plot a route forward and set digital priorities.
If you would like to read more about the 15 Things every charity should be tackling to get ahead in digital, they are included in our Call to Action at bit.ly/3jHAblv launched at SCVO's Digitally Confident Scotland conference in 2018. Our context has changed massively since then, so we will be also explore together what a fresh 'Top 15 Digital Things' list should look like in 2021. Our updated list will also help set themes for future DigiShift calls and other support we provide.
Session run by Ross McCulloch of Third Sector Lab and the SCVO Digital Team.
This event is free thanks to the support of The Catalyst.
Good governance and difficult decision making
As government support schemes such as furloughing end, and fundraising and trading activities remain uncertain, trustees have a duty to protect assets, manage risk and ensure their organisation stays true to its organisational purpose and values. These are difficult times, and trustees will have to make hard decisions in the coming months as they face challenges such as redundancy, insolvency and restructuring. Trustees may not have all of the necessary information for what may seem like making impossible decisions. But good governance means acting in the best interests of your organisation, looking after your beneficiaries, and making the right decision, with the right information, at the right time. Join us in the final webinar of this series to explore the issues you need to consider.
It is troubling to think that charities and organisations in the third sector may be targeted by cyber criminals and fraudsters - sadly, hackers and fraudsters do not differentiate between types of businesses. Fraud poses serious financial threats to us all in both our professional and private lives and you are far more likely to fall victim to this type of crime than any other in the UK.
Join Ally Stewart, Fraud Analyst at The Royal Bank of Scotland and Alison Stone, Cyber Co-ordinator at SCVO at a webinar which will provide a review of the most common types of fraud along with providing plenty of practical advice for you and your charity on how to protect against these.
Topics covered will include:
Hints and tips on how to stay safe online and beyond
Good governance and effective virtual board meetings
Governance in uncertain times means you need to be ready to respond quickly and appropriately to changing circumstances and make good collective decisions. Social distancing means that board meetings will continue to be held online and this brings its own unique challenges. This webinar will look at ways to make board meetings work in a virtual environment. We will explore how board dynamics are changed, and the need to look at creative ways to chair and facilitate, offering technical tips to help trustees engage and actively contribute to board discussions.
This interactive online course is packed full of content that will have you ready to participate in all manner of Zoom meetings and webinars in no time at all. Blending theory with practical exercises, participant contributionsand group discussions you will look at:
Twitter, Facebook and blogging don’t have to be a mystery any longer - this online course will help youdevelop the skills to use these core social channels more confidently and effectively. Whether it is part of your role, or you just want to be more social media savvy,it has never been more important to communicate well online.Using online tools, group discussions and lots of practical exercises you will look at:
·Twitter ·Blogging ·Video & audio ·Facebook
You will also look at creating a social media strategy - everypost, reply, like, and comment should serve a purpose!Having asocial media strategy you will have everything you plan to do, and hope to achieve, at hand! It will guide you and let you know whether you're succeeding or failing at your objectives.
Part 1 - New ways of working with words:You will learn how to add va-va voom to written content and use essential tools to improve your content writing skills and learn how to break bad writing habits to create engaging, attention-grabbing wordy content for use online and in print. Exercises include: crafting a personal profile websites and LinkedIn; creating an eye-catching About Us introduction; and a case study - how to bring real people to life.
Part 2 - Working magic with words:You will work on structure, narrative flow, and eye-catching headlines and openers, and begin to add colour to written pieces with the inclusion of time, location, real people and senses. You’ll write a longer blog piece and practice adapting and “repurposing" content to promote your piece on social media using some snappy, attractive content. Exercises will include: an introductory paragraph to a newsletter; a blog; and social media posts to promote traffic to your blog.
This online course is packed full of content to help you identify and understand what is required to build a strong financial foundation.
Basic financial roles and responsibilities:The Board’s responsibility for good financial governance; The financial manager’s role; Staff and volunteers.
Who uses the financial information and how:The Board, Treasurer and/or Finance Sub-group; Internally – The manager/management team, Project staff and Fundraising staff; Externally – Funders, Accountants/auditors, OSCR and Companies House.
What we need our financial package to do:Information for monitoring current performance; Information for planning forward; Information for external reporting; Choosing a suitable financial package and setting it up to be useful; Restricted funds – recording for easier reporting; Effective use of the reports function.
Effective systems and control:“Walking through” your financial processes; Considering financial risks and effective internal control; Getting other staff to play their part and make your life easier; Recording financial processes – why and how.
Dealing with external requirements:Reporting to funders; Reporting to OSCR; Reporting to Companies House.
The online workshop isdesigned to be interactive,blending theory with practical day-to-day examples and participant contributionsand group discussions. It will utilise all the best online tools including breakout rooms and polls.
The learning outcomes will have you leave the course with: