How Can Charities Attract Young Trustees to Their Boards?

27th March 2013 - Published Date

How Can Charities Attract Young Trustees to Their Boards?

A diverse charity board with trustees of all ages can improve decision making and make the organisation much more effective. How can charities get more young people on their boards? Research carried out last year by Trustees Unlimited found that 20% of trustees said their charity board lacked a diverse range of skills, and over half believed that a more diverse board would enhance their charity's effectiveness. Charity boards have long been criticised for lacking young trustees. According to research released by the Charity Commission in 2010, only 0.5% of charity trustees were aged 18-24. The report, called a Breath of Fresh Air, also found the mean age of a charity trustee was 57. Neal Green, senior policy adviser at the Charity Commission, says it has not gathered statistics on the number of young people on boards since 2010, but that involvement in Trustees' Week has been very encouraging. "There's a sense of a bit of a buzz," he says. "Some charities are starting to have more diverse boards, but not many." But is it really that important for charities to include young people on their boards? And, if so, how can charities encourage this? Continue reading the article here.