Before seeking social investment, every charity and social enterprise will need to consider their governance. Not only does this enable compliance with the law but it promotes a culture by which everyone is working towards the same goal or objective, aligned with the overall vision of the organisation.

These resources explore support related to governance and policies, arming you with the tools you need to achieve and maintain effective governance processes in your charity or social enterprise. This short guide to the most common legal structures associated with the social sector  is a good place to start. 

If your organisation offers free tools and resources for charities and social enterprises seeking good governance, please email with a link to the webpage and, if relevant, we will update this page. 

GET INFORMED: Social Investment for Boards

GET INFORMED: Social investment for boards offers practical support & guidance to help board members of charities and social enterprises understand the opportunities and risks of social investment.

Charity Governance Code

This Code is a practical tool to help charities and their trustees develop high standards of governance. Read more about this Code, using this Code to review governance and extra advice from our steering group partners.

NCVO - Governance

Practical steps to take to effectively achieve and maintain good governance in your charity

NCVO - Support for Small Charities and Voluntary Organisations

We engage with small charities every day through our four pillars of support. And we’re here for everyone who works or volunteers at a charity or voluntary organisation.

Need to Know: Setting up a Charity

From choosing the right legal form and charitable purposes to settling on the right name and getting the charity application right, our tips should answer some of your questions, or at least help you to ask the right questions.

The Foundation for Social Improvement

Our extensive charity training programme, heavily subsidised by the FSI, is at the core of our support for small charities and covers topics including fundraising, impact measurement, governance and project management.

Charities and investment matters: a guide for trustees

Find out how trustees can make the right decisions about investing charity funds.

Good Finance - Legal Structures

This is a short guide to the legal structures most commonly associated with charities and social enterprise. Where you are considering social investment, you should note that all social investors will require you to demonstrate the social impact of the investment they have made through a range of evidence and measurement techniques.