30 Sep 2019

Trusted Charity have launched a new free online tool to help charities do a basic health check on how their organisation is performing, identifying strengths and areas for development.

Trusted Charity Essentials is a free online health check designed especially for small charities and community and voluntary groups.  

It will help you understand how efficient your work is now and where improvements can be made.

This cost-free tool benchmarks your work in 10 key areas - it will help assess the impact you have on the ground and whether you are making the best use of your resources.

Each question has a brief explanation to support your discussions and asks you to rate how fully your
group or charity is addressing each question.

Where you identify areas for development you will then develop an action plan in order to address the areas for improvement.

Trusted Charity Essentials can be used:

  • to do a basic 'health check' on how your organisation is performing and achieving your mission.
  • as a tool to engage everyone in your organisation in discussions about your work.
  • to engage a range of important stakeholders with your work.

if you want to move on to use the full Trusted Charity quality standard in the future.

You can get started by visiting the Trusted Charity Essentials site where you'll sign up and receive your own unique link to a bespoke version of the tool.

This will take you back to your answers and results at any time and allow you to update them.

How it works

Step 1: sign up

Enter your name and email address and NCVO will email you a unique link to your version of the tool.

You can use this to return to your answers at any time.

Step 2: complete the tool

For each statement, you'll score your organisation for how it's doing now and for how you're planning for it to be doing after your chosen time period (e.g. one year).

You can add notes to explain your answers if you need to, but please take care not to include any personal information in them.

Be honest and realistic - it'll help you plan better.

Step 3: view your results

You can view your results at any time. You'll see scores for each area you've completed and your overall score.

For more information contact the Trusted Charity Team.