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In the last week of June, our CEO Diarmaid delivered governance sessions in the six counties of Munster in partnership with the Volunteer Centres in Clare, Limerick, Kerry, Cork, Tipperary and Waterford. The theme of the sessions was the changing operating landscape for nonprofits, focusing on the Charities Act Amendment and the Gambling Regulation Bills currently working their way through the legislative process, compliance with the Charities Governance Code, concerns received by the Charities Regulator and the Good Governance Awards which is now open for entries.

Diarmaid wrote a brief reflection following these sessions.  Read in full here.

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Office Accommodation Available in Carmichael 

Across our two buildings on North Brunswick St and Coleraine St in Dublin 7, Carmichael is home to 44 Resident Nonprofits which benefit from affordable office accommodation, shared facilities and access to knowledge sharing with other Resident Nonprofits and Carmichael’s staff. 


A bright and spacious office currently equipped for 7 people, with potential to accommodate more, has come available in Coleraine House. The annual fee is €16,685, charged quarterly in advance at €4,171. Carmichael hopes to have a new Resident Nonprofit in place on or before June 1st. 


Please contact if you would be interested in arranging a viewing or have any questions. 

The Level 6 Certified Charity Trustee Programme aims to provide learners with a broad understanding of the governance framework guiding Organisations and an understanding and appreciation of the organisational behaviours within an organisation. This will allow the learner to be informed and confident in their roles.

This predominantly online 1 year part time programme has been designed in partnership with Carmichael and TU
Dublin. The aim of this programme is to provide participants with an opportunity to deepen their understanding of
their roles and obligations. Since 2021, Charities have been required to report on their compliance with the Charities
Governance Code which is designed to help charity trustees meet their legal duties under the Charities Act 2009. With over 11,000 registered charities in Ireland this programme will assist organisations and their trustees to effectively fulfil their roles within an organisation in line with regulatory framework and to be professionally competent within the team to do so.

Course Content

  • Governance & Legal Compliance Responsibilities: The module focuses on the legal and accounting framework as it applies to organisations. The module will draw on the Law, Accounting and Governance that is required to fulfil their duties and responsibilities effectively in compliance with the regulations.
    • Charities Act
    • Charities Governance Code
    • Trustee Governance
    • Companies Act 2014
    • Financial Governance
    • Risk Management
    • Data Protection
    • Cyber Security
  • Organisational Behaviour & Dynamics: This module focuses on the behaviour of individuals and groups in organisations including not-for-profit organisations. It will provide learners with an understanding and appreciation of this behaviour and an awareness of how it contributes to the success of the organisation. The module will draw on concepts and theories from the field of organisational behaviour, management and the not-for-profit environment to gain further understanding of different organisational behaviours and to improve learners’ self-confidence and potential governance effectiveness. Learners will engage in self-reflection regarding their use of individual and organisational actions.
    • The Nature of Organisational Behaviour
    • Individual Behaviour
    • Motivation
    • Communication & Decision-making in the Workplace
    • Working in Group & Teams
    • Leadership in Organisations
    • Organisational Power and Politics
    • Organisational Conflict
    • Organisational Culture
    • Organisational Change

Application Details

Applications are now open. Apply Now

Please contact for further information.

Module Details

TU Code: TU5533
Level: NFQ Level 6
Award: Certificate in Business in Organisational Governance and Behaviour
Duration: 1 Year


Method of Delivery: Weekly online lectures, 1 evening per week, with two face to face workshops during each semester. Please see schedule below with further details.

Location: Face to face induction will take place on TU Dublin’s Blanchardstown campus. Location for the capstone workshop will be confirmed with learners during the semester to ensure location is accessible for the majority of learners. Possible locations include TU Dublin’s Aungier campus, Grangegorman Campus and Carmichael House.

Schedule: This programme runs for 2 semesters, one module per semester

Semester 1 will begin on Friday 29th September 2023 with a face to face on campus induction. Induction will take place on the Blanchardstown campus from 3pm to 6pm. This will be followed by 2 hour weekly online lectures from 7pm to 9pm which will begin on Wednesday 4th October.  During week 11 of the semester a face-to-face capstone workshop will be scheduled. Location and time will be confirmed with learners during the semester. Please note the programme coordinator will go through the timetable in detail with all learners during induction on Friday 29th September.

Please see summary timetable here.

Commencement Date: Programme induction will take place on Friday 29th September 2023 from 3pm to 6pm. All registered applicants will be contacted by the Head of Discipline/Programme Coordinator two weeks prior to the commencement date with further details and room location for their face-to-face induction.

Fees: The reduced Student fee of €600 from €1250 is available for this delivery of the programme starting in September 2023.  This reduced fee is now available courtesy to funding available from the Community Foundation Ireland, The Wheel and supported by Carmichael and TU Dublin.

Apply Now

Find out more information click here


Carmichael is seeking voluntary assessors to join the panel for the Good Governance Awards 2023. Assessors score up to a maximum of 4 annual reports between June 1st to September 29th, with September 18th-29th expected to be the busiest period. Assessors attend a briefing session and then use a scoring template provided by Carmichael to mark the reports against several criteria.  

The assessors come from a range of backgrounds and professions including the nonprofit sector itself, accountancy, consultancy and law. Assessors are permitted to be involved with a nonprofit organisation which enters the awards provided this is disclosed in line with the Good Governance Awards conflict of interest policy so that the assessor will not be asked to score other entrants in the same category. 

Now in its eighth year, the Good Governance Awards is an initiative that recognises and encourages adherence to good governance practice by nonprofits in Ireland, particularly in terms of annual reporting. The awards were developed by Carmichael with the support of our partners and leading national bodies in the nonprofit sector. 

Each year more than 100 nonprofits (including community groups, charities, sports bodies and social enterprises) enter their annual reports into the awards. These annual reports are then assessed by a voluntary assessor from Carmichael’s panel of assessors.  

There are 7 categories of entry distinguished by annual income which range from under €100,000 at the lowest end and over €50,000,000 at the highest end. The highest scored entries in each category progress to a full technical assessment of their financial statements and the shortlisted entries are then assessed by a panel of judges who ultimately select the winner in each category. 

If you are interested in becoming a voluntary assessor, please contact with your full name, your profession, and where you heard about the awards. 

Carmichael are running two short webinars on 20th April and 1st June. These free afternoon sessions will be presented by Sean Bohan.

Living your Vision, Mission & Values (20th April, 2.30pm-3.30pm)

Topics covered include: An organisation’s mission, vision and values is “at the heart of everything we say and do”; and to achieve sustainable results, it’s useful to design a quality culture.

Culture Audits (1st June, 2pm-3pm)

Topics covered include: what’s a company culture; how is the company culture defined; what is a culture audit and what are the benefits?

If you’re interested in attending either or both these sessions, please register via

Improving Your Nonprofit’s Annual Report February 9th 2023 13.10-14.00

Carmichael is delighted to provide free training webinars on relevant themes for nonprofits. In this webinar nonprofits of all sizes will gain tips and advice from an expert panel on how to improve the content and narrative of their Annual Report.

Sign up for webinar here:

The panel-led session draws on the experience and knowledge of judges and assessors from the Good Governance Awards. They will outline what is required to ensure that your Annual Report is relevant, impactful and engaging.

The panel consists of:

Aedín Morkan: Partner, Audit & Assurance, Mazars
Níall Fitzgerald: Head of Ethics & Governance, Chartered Accountants Ireland
Geraldine O’Sullivan: Manager, Kerry Volunteer Centre
Andrew Madden: Learning & Development Manager, Carmichael

The panel will be chaired by Diarmaid Ó Corrbuí, CEO of Carmichael and Founder of the Good Governance Awards.

Carmichael Good Governance Awards Winner 2022

The Good Governance Awards recognises and encourages adherence to good governance by non-profit organisations in Ireland. The awards were developed by Carmichael with the support of our partners and leading national bodies in the non-profit sector.

The winners of the Good Governance Awards 2022 were announced at our Awards Ceremony on Thursday November 17th.

Congratulations to our 7 Good Governance Awards winners!


Category 1: NiteLine Dublin


Category 2: Breaking Through CLG


Category 3: Mental Health Reform


Category 4: The Ark, Dublin


Category 5: Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation


Category 6: Barnardos Ireland


Category 7: Trocaire


We had a fantastic night. Thanks to the more than 150 attendees for being a part of it!

Mon, 14 November 2022, 08:30am – 10:00am

Carmichael 4 Brunswick Street North D07 RHA8 Dublin 7

TU Dublin & Carmichael invites you to a discussion on How Organisational Behaviour Affects the Performance & Effectiveness of a Charity.

The impact of a charity is visible through the effectiveness of its support to the service users and their experience with the charity. Impactful charities have demonstrated their agility to respond to the needs of service users, while still effectively following good governance as per the Charities Governance Code.

In this seminar we will discuss how this agility is achieved through organisational behaviour and how this can improve organisational decision-making.

From here we will introduce the new Charity Trustee Programme (NFQ level 6). This predominantly online 1 year part-time programme has been designed in partnership by Carmichael and TU Dublin with the aim of addressing the requirement for a charity trustee to have a deep understanding of their roles and obligations.

The event will begin with teas and coffees at 8.30am and the discussion will begin at 9am.

The event is free but prior registration is required.

This event is part of #TrusteesWeekIrl. For a full schedule of events see

Charity Trustees Week 2022 (

Tue, 15 November 2022, 08:30am – 10:00am

Carmichael 4 Brunswick Street North D07 RHA8 Dublin 7

To mark the launch of his book “Governing with Purpose: How to lead a brilliant board – a guide for charity trustees”, Brian Cavanagh will be in conversation with Carmichael CEO, Diarmaid Ó Corrbuí, about some of the book’s key insights and guidance for charity trustees. This will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience. Refreshments will be provided.

The event is free but prior registration is required.

This event is part of #TrusteesWeekIrl. For a full schedule of events see

Charity Trustees Week 2022 (