Reviewing Your Internal Structures

Are you keeping yourself informed about changes to legal structures for community and voluntary organisations?

When did you last review your structures?

You should evaluate your structures regularly as part of your strategic planning processes. If there are inconsistencies and inflexibilities in your structures that are hindering the way that you work, you should deal with these as openly and swiftly as possible. However, beware of ad hoc changes that are not reflected in your governing document. 

Use the following checklist to keep your organisation's structures in good shape:

Are you keeping yourself informed about changes to legal structures for community and voluntary organisations?

Have you discussed and agreed that you currently have the most appropriate type of structure for your organisation? 
Have you discussed and agreed that you currently have the most appropriate type of structure for your organisation? 
Do you have a written governing document (constitution, trust deed or rules)? 
Are you a charity? Do you need to register with the Charities Regulator? 
Do you have charitable tax exemption status (CHY status) or if not, do you know if this would be of benefit to the organisation ? 
Do you have a tax reference number, or if not, do you know the reasons why? 
Are you confident that your organisation’s internal structures meet your needs? 
Are you compliant with The Governance Code – if not, why not?