It’s time that charities did more to recruit younger trustees by tapping into the pool of graduate talent, according to a new report by the Charities Aid Foundation.
The Young Trustees Guide that has been published this week has provided advice to charities – encouraging them to consider younger trustees to promote future success.
Seeking out younger talent
With the average age of a charity trustee standing at 57 years, it’s time a younger team of professionals were brought into the mix.
The report found that just 2% of charities have young people on their board – despite the survey highlighting that 85% of people under the age of 35 years would consider becoming a trustee.
The guide has also laid bare the tips on how to improve recruitment methods and how to attract this younger pool of talent by offering legal training to get them up to speed.
The report also highlighted how charities don’t give enough consideration to the benefits of having a younger workforce.
For example, by adding graduates to their workforce charities can encourage other young professionals to get involved in running these organisations.
The potential of graduates
John Low, Chief Executive of Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), said that charities would benefit from getting involved in the potential of young people; the majority of whom are interested in such roles.
Charities should be working hard to seek out this young talent and nurture the charity leaders of the future, he added.
Paula Sussex, Chief Executive of the Charity Commission, said that a board’s strength only lies in its team’s skills and perspectives.
In order to understand a charity’s beneficiaries and serve them effectively, it therefore needs a diverse collection of people from all age groups acting as trustees and would benefit from the skills new talent can bring – such as a fresh perspective from the 21st Century.
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