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Free guides for charitable organisations

Comprehensive guides on how to create fully diverse and inclusive boards with open recruitment processes and strategies

How to Diversify Your Board: a practical guide

A free guide, generously sponsored by Shaparency, The Diversity Project Charity and City Bridge Trust and supported by leading UK charity recruitment firms.


Only 14% of boards feel well equipped to meet the strategic, development and regulatory challenges of the organisation, given who is on their board. Whatever we are currently doing in terms of trustee recruitment, it isn’t working.

Getting on Board is here to help with a guide full of practical advice, case studies and focus group commentary. It's also stuffed full of downloadable templates for you to build a successful recruitment and onboarding strategy. 

How to recruit trustees for your charity

This free guide, sponsored by Rathbones, seeks to demystify the process and promote the practice of open recruitment for charity boards.


How to recruit trustees for your charity guide includes:

  • real-life case studies

  • examples and quotes from 30 charities

  • practical advice

  • templates for skills audits and adverts

  • guidance on developing meaningful trustee inductions

  • and much more!

The guide showcases Getting on Board’s tried and tested eight-step trustee recruitment process which helps all your board members understand what needs to happen and when, to deliver a successful recruitment strategy.

From Here to Diversity

From Here to Diversity: A practical guide to recruiting Black and Asian charity trustees, produced by Getting on Board's partner Action for Trustee Racial Diversity and sponsored by the Co-op Foundation, aims to help charities take positive and sustainable steps to increase the racial diversity of their boards.

From Here to Diversity shows that increased diversity can offer so many advantages to forward-looking organisations, including:

  • Improved performance and better governance

  • Greater creativity and a wider perspective

  • Increased legitimacy and accountability

A full colour print version of the Guide is also available from The Directory of Social Change here. 

Additional versions

We worked with Reach Volunteering, The Small Charities Coalition and the Association of Chairs to produce the Trustee Recruitment Cycle: an online version of this guide.

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