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February/March 2018

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Trustee board diversity A lack of diversity among trustee boards requires charities to broaden their governance skills base.

PR and reputation

Cyber security focus Cybercrime is on the rise and charities need to be able to keep up with the pace of change.

Matt Lent The Future First CEO on the importance of alumni and how partnerships form part of his future strategy.

Oxfam’s Haiti scandal has put the third sector under increasing scrutiny again and reputations need to be pampered.

Time for a change? Trustee diversification is low among the charity sector. In a crowded pool, changing your approach and refreshing your board’s skillset could be the key to success.

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The few are not the many

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n North Korea, when citizens are convicted for political crimes, they are immediately sent to prison camps, known as Kwanliso, along with their relatives. For citizens who are convicted of more serious political crimes, life imprisonment is enforced and as a result, two generations of their family will spend their entire lives in Kwanliso. The whole system forms the North Korean policy of ‘three generations of punishment’. The policy, which was introduced by state founder Kim II-Sung back in 1948, is shocking. After all, why should innocent people suffer punishment for the mistakes of one person? But although collective punishment like this isn’t present in the Western justice system, the notion of ‘guilty-by-association’ is not too distant from our beloved charity sector. When Kids Company collapsed in 2015, the whole sector felt the brunt of it. Donors started to question charities’ spending on admin, expenses and shoes for clients. And with that, the trust in charities fell dramatically (p.26). Just as the sector was beginning to recover and claw back what was left of its generous reputation, it’s been kicked to the dirt again. As I write this, it’s only been a matter of days since The Times reported allegations of misconduct among Oxfam aid workers in Haiti, yet the aftermath has been unstoppable. Oxfam faces losing European funding, its deputy chief executive has stepped down, a number of celebrities have retracted their monetary support and the Charity Commission has launched an investigation into safeguarding. For Oxfam, things couldn’t get any worse. But the trouble with the charity sector is that the actions of a few really do affect the masses. Hundreds of thousands of pounds has already been shaved off Oxfam’s annual income due to regular donors cancelling their direct debits, and unfortuantely, I doubt it will be the only charity to lose money in light of this exposé. T