The A to Z of governing a charitable organisation
Paul Martin provides us with a practical, understandable and comprehensive guide to running a secular or faith based charity and running it well. Carefully laid out, the contents are easily accessible to those who just want to dip in and find the answer to their question. For those who wish to linger longer, there is helpful explanation and advice. Drawing on his 40 plus years as both a lawyer specialising in the sector and a charity trustee, Paul is able to offer pragmatic advice as well as explore some of the more challenging issues, such as why leadership and organisations fail. Includes 29 chapters spread over 400 pages plus useful glossaries, schedules and a comprehensive index. The book covers everything charities need to know about the law and much they probably wish they didn’t!
Paul Martin’s book will become a ‘must read’ for anyone seeking to engage in charitable endeavours well. From his excellent introduction to what a charity is all the way through to issues of good governance and due diligence, Paul sets out a road map of great clarity for those who want to ensure that what they do and the way they do is of the very highest standard. Faith, Hope & Charity is practical, accessible and deeply relevant. Its author has a wealth of experience and a deep passion for the life of charity to be vibrant, well-structured and built upon excellent foundations. I cannot commend it highly enough. Every trustee and leader of a charity should buy this book, read it, discuss it with their board and make it a consistent companion in discussions and decisions about how to do things well. –Malcolm Duncan Senior Pastor of Gold Hill Baptist church and Chairman of Spring Harvest.
This trustworthy guide through the bewildering maze of legislation deserves to be on the bookshelf of anybody remotely connected with a charity. I m profoundly grateful for the way that this book has the potential to encourage and equip all who are involved in the world of charity. –Revd Canon J.John, author and speaker
This book is a one-stop-shop which answers the key questions you may have regarding running the legal and financial elements of your church or ministry. It will be essential reading for those who want to do more than just pray that they are doing the right thing. –Steve Clifford, General Director, Evangelical Alliance UK
About the Author
Paul Martin has been a lawyer for over 40 years and has been a partner with Wellers since 1983. Based in London, Paul serves charity and not for profit organisations in the UK and overseas. He has served as a trustee of several local and international charities (two of those as a joint founder) and has travelled worldwide to consult on charity projects. In recent years Paul has been a speaker at charity conferences in China, Singapore, Australia and the USA. In 2015/16 Paul consulted with Beijing Normal University on the China charity legislation which became law in 2016. Married to Claire, they have two married children.