Is charity governance fit for the digital age? – your views

As part of our #CharityDigitalViews series, we asked Twitter whether they thought charity governance is fit for the digital age.

Chloe Green | 21st Sep 18
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Each week, we pose a question to @CharityDigiNews Twitter followers, asking for their thoughts on the big digital and tech-related issues facing charities.

Last Friday, the topic was charity governance. We asked: “Do you think charity governance is fit for the digital age?”

Founder of Zoe Amar Digital and all-round charity digital guru Zoe Amar chipped in:

Her comments are reflected in her recent article for Charity Digital News, ‘Five ways charity leaders can make better decisions’: in it she argues that to be an effective charity leader in the digital age, you need to be agile in the way you make decisions, and re-think old, engrained ways of meeting and making decisions that weren’t designed for the fast-paced digital world.

Ellie Hale, Digital Fellowship and Communities Lead for CAST (Centre for the Acceleration of Social Technology) agreed:

In response, Paul Streets at Lloyds Bank Foundation argued that most charity boards of small charities do have a great deal of frontline experience. Boards should have a level of digital awareness, but executives do not necesarily need to be digital experts (with some expertise in a board ideal). Primaily, charity trustee boards should be left to the task of governance. And executives should be empowered to act quickly when making decisions (whether digital-related or not):

Says Mark Norbury, CEO of

What do you think? Leave a comment below or follow the hashtag #CharityDigitalViews and get involved.

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