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Target Audience

Directors, CEOs and key people including senior management in non-profit organisations.

Outline

A Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is the leader and public face of many non-profit organisations. They are the highest position of authority in the chain of command but are held accountable by the Board of Directors. The role of a CEO in a non-profit is varied and differs from the CEO of a “for profit” company, The aim of this course is to outline the specific roles and responsibilities of the CEO in a non-profit organisation.

This course will provide interactive training on the role and key responsibilities of the CEO. As the link between the governance and operational elements of the organisation, it will explore the relationships within the role such as the CEO/Board, CEO/Staff and other stakeholder relationships. It will highlight the expectations of the various stakeholders from the CEO.

It will describe the skills and characteristics required to be a successful CEO in a non-profit organisation and recognise when things can go wrong. Finally, the organisational risks and internal policy and procedures required to maintain a compliant and effective CEO position in the organisation will be outlined.

Methodology

Delivered virtually via Zoom.

Target Audience

Charity Trustees and key people including senior management, employees and volunteers in the non-profit sector.

Outline

Charity Trustees and key people including senior management, employees and volunteers in the non-profit sector should be familiar with the law relating to Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Counter Terrorist Financing (CTF) and how this relates to non-profit organisations. This requires training on identifying suspicious activities and how to proceed, as well as training in relation to organisational risks and internal policy and procedures required to combat AML and CTF in the organisation.

This is an introductory course on the topic of AML & CTF obligations and responsibilities in the Republic of Ireland.  The aim of this course is to outline the roles, obligations and responsibilities in relation to vigilance and prevention in the area of AML and CTF legislation.  The course will outline the requirements of the legislation and present them in a non-profit organisational context to demonstrate the practical impact on organisational activities.

Methodology

Delivered virtually via Zoom.

Target Audience

The Programme is designed to enhance your understanding of Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) – what it is & why it matters for your Board, your teams and yourself. Relevant Equality legislation is referenced and how it links with our day-to-day. The course delves into the barriers that constrain our ability to fully embrace diversity and sustain an inclusive working environment. This includes a deep dive into the impact of our biases on how we communicate, collaborate and make decisions. And, crucially, what we can do about it to mitigate the negative impact and accelerate a positive cultural transformation.

Priority will be given to participants from Charities/Community Groups/Voluntary Organisations/Social Enterprises in the Republic of Ireland whose turnover is less than €1 million per year. Maximum number of participants will be 20. The schedule for this 3-part Programme is:

  • Phase 1 Thursday 14/09/2023 10am-12noon
  • Phase 2 Thursday 28/09/2023 10am-12noon
  • Phase 3 Thursday 12/10/2023 10am-12noon

Content

A three-phased integrated and highly interactive program, with self-led learning provided in advance of each workshop.  The program provides a roadmap towards a sustainable, inclusive strategy.

Phase 1: 2 hour session

What is Diversity & Inclusion and why do they matter?

PRE-WORK:

  • The importance of Diversity and the power of Inclusion
  • Building your knowledge of key terms
  • The employee lifecycle

LIVE:

  • Why D&I?
  • What’s in it for me and my organisation?
  • Inclusive leadership throughout the employee lifecycle

2 week gap

Phase 2: 2 hour session

What’s holding us back? A deep dive into our biases.

PRE-WORK:

The science of bias and how it impacts our decisions in the workplace.

LIVE:

  • Understanding Bias
  • Shift from Unconscious Bias to Conscious Inclusion
  • Creating the right conditions for an Inclusive Environment

2 week gap

Phase 3: 2 hour session

Overcoming barriers to implementation

PRE-WORK:

Making it Real – Bringing inclusion to life in your organisation.

Finding an inclusion buddy

LIVE:

  • Practical tools & techniques to overcome barriers to implementation
  • Action Planning for the future

The road continues beyond Phase 3 as you apply your learnings and reap the measurable rewards.

Methodology

Via Zoom.

The funding for the provision of these services comes from the National Training Fund administered by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research Innovation and Science. The €100 nominal charge is by way of contribution. Participants will be asked to provide further information regarding Age Range, Gender, Employment Status, Educational Background, Role in Organisation, Organisation Activity & Size post registration.

Target Audience

Charities/Community Groups/Voluntary Organisations/Social Enterprises in the Republic of Ireland whose turnover is less than €1 million per year. A small group (minimum 2) of representatives (staff/directors/trustees) with sufficient seniority within the organisation should participate and should be committed to engaging in capacity building and making organisational changes on foot of it. When booking online, only enrol one person and pay one €100 fee, we will subsequently be in touch with you for information regarding other participants from your organisation.

Outline

The management of social impact remains elusive for many organisations in the charity and non-profit sector. When impact is considered, it is usually thought of as a task of measurement done to prove one’s worth to funders, as opposed to a comprehensive way of approaching all that one does to improve life for one’s beneficiaries. Although the situation is gradually getting better, there are many organisations who remain in need of support.

Carmichael will work with your organisation on a 1-1 basis offering a customised support package during the course of 2023 with a view to helping your organisation improve in this very important area.

Format

Three days of online consultancy and support for your organisation. Dates & times to be agreed between the organisation’s main contact and facilitator.

  • Participation in half-day Zoom meeting to clarify the social/economic/environmental challenge the organisation is seeking to address and the social change process that underpins its work
  • Co-drafting and final agreement of a theory of the problem and theory of change via email/phone
  • Participation in half-day Zoom meeting some weeks later to begin undertaking a measurement audit and analyse this with regard to the agreed theory of change
  • Co-drafting and final agreement of a new measurement framework via email/phone
  • Coaching on outstanding impact-related issues some weeks later via Zoom/email/phone.

Methodology

Via Zoom.

The funding for the provision of these services comes from the National Training Fund administered by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research Innovation and Science. The €100 nominal charge is by way of contribution. Participants will be asked to provide further information regarding Age Range, Gender, Employment Status, Educational Background, Role in Organisation, Organisation Activity & Size post registration.

Target Audience

Charities/Community Groups/Voluntary Organisations/Social Enterprises in the Republic of Ireland whose turnover is less than €1 million per year. A small group (minimum 2) of representatives (staff/directors/trustees) with sufficient seniority within the organisation should participate. When booking online, only enrol one person and pay one €100 fee, we will subsequently be in touch with you for information regarding other participants from your organisation.

Outline

The annual report represents a real opportunity for organisations in the non-profit sector across Ireland to showcase their transparency and trust by outlining their performance, governance, culture and financials. An annual report can provide a comprehensive picture of a non-profit organisation, as well as its achievements and future plans rather than meagrely meeting minimum compliance requirements. An annual report serves to reinforce relationships with stakeholders and build relationships with the public, potential donors, volunteers and supporters.

Carmichael will work with your organisation on a 1-1 basis offering customised consultancy during the course of 2023 with a view to helping you develop the best Annual Reports that you can.

Format

4 x 2-hour Annual Report Online Consultancy sessions per Organisation. Dates & times to be agreed between the organisation’s main contact and facilitator.

  • Walk through of the different sections of the annual report
  • Planning & preparation – determining the format and agreeing the roles
  • Telling the organisation’s story and its impact
  • Drafting & finalising the report

Methodology

Via Zoom.

The funding for the provision of these services comes from the National Training Fund administered by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research Innovation and Science. The €100 nominal charge is by way of contribution. Participants will be asked to provide further information regarding Age Range, Gender, Employment Status, Educational Background, Role in Organisation, Organisation Activity & Size post registration.

Target Audience:

This 2 hours’ session is aimed at people who have little to no experience of using Canva, or graphic design.

What is Canva?

Canva is a free-to-use online graphic design tool. Use it to create social media posts, presentations, posters, videos, logos and more.

Course Outline:

  • Opening and creating a Canva account ​
  • Canva for Non-Profits​
  • Creating a design; using templates or creating from scratch ​
  • Searching and editing elements ​
  • Using template photos from Canva or uploading ​
  • Adding text and using different fonts ​
  • Saving and downloading designs ​
  • Sharing and collaborating designs ​
  • Design for Print​
  • Managing your Brand

Methodology

Delivered virtually via Zoom.

Target Audience

Individuals or organisations interested/involved in setting up and running a small non-profit organisation, or supporting others doing the same.

Outline

  • Recognising Abuse
  • Reporting Concerns
  • Responding to Allegations
  • Safeguarding Culture

 This course aims to enable to learner to understand:

  • The principles of safeguarding
  • The indicators of abuse
  • The roles, responsibilities, and actions a person should take in safeguarding vulnerable adults at risk of abuse.

 As the learner progresses through the course, they will become aware of how to:

  • Respond appropriately and accurately to reports and allegations of abuse
  • Recognise safeguarding needs and potential indicators of abuse with vulnerable adults
  • Recognise Responsibilities and understand their responsibilities as a care provider
  • Record important and relevant material accurately and promptly
  • Report any abuse allegations to the appropriate manager & where criminal activity is suspected contact the Gardai.

Methodology

Delivered virtually via Zoom.

Target Audience

CEOs, Senior Leaders and Managers. Upper and middle management is central to effectively communicating with internal and external stakeholders and ensuring transparent communication between the board and the rest of the organisation.

Outline

CEOs, Senior Leaders and Managers play a primary role in ensuring the non-profit organisation operates within effective governance practices. Recognising the myriad responsibilities these people have, this workshop will help build awareness of the current governance culture and what is needed to close the gaps to establish a best practice governance environment. Siobhán will introduce a coaching framework, the GOVERN™ framework, which CEOs, Senior Leaders & Managers will be empowered to use in formal and   informal conversations with teams, peers, and the board. It will help support developing a culture of more evenly shared responsibilities throughout the organisation though empowering others.

Methodology

An interactive workshop delivered virtually via Zoom.

Target Audience

All people working in the non-profit sector.

Outline

How do you move from launching your strategic plan to ensuring effective implementation? This workshop will bring a mix of theory, best practice and practical steps on how to implement. You don’t have to have a shiny strategic plan to attend – this workshop will support people interested in how to turn words into positive outcomes.

This workshop will break down the steps to implement your organisation’s strategic plan effectively. Participants will be given best practice examples to illustrate how each implementation step can be approached. Participants can, if they wish, bring their Strategic Plan with them to use for group work.

This workshop introduces essential internal planning and reporting framework that will help align your work and your organisation’s work with its strategic goals. Applicable to all levels in an organisation i.e., anyone who is passionate about maximising their productivity and focusing their work will have something to gain by coming along.

Methodology

In person.

Target Audience

Anyone involved in advocacy or looking to influence policy or legislation in an area of work relevant to their non-profit organisation.

Outline

Ever wondered how can our organisation secure a legislative or policy win? This workshop has been developed to share an insider-outsider perspective on how to succeed in influencing policy or legislative change for your organisation. The workshop will inform and provide a practical roadmap.

The workshop is led by Jillian van Turnhout who is a former independent Senator who, in her five years, was successful and recognised by both TV3 and the Irish Times as ‘Senator of the Year’. In addition, Jillian is a former Chief Executive of the Children’s Rights Alliance and, in this role, spent seven years successfully advocating for policy and legislative change. Before her time in the Seanad, Jillian worked and volunteered on many successful campaigns. Since her time in the Seanad, Jillian has successfully influenced legislative changes in the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly.

Overview of workshop 

Part 1: Understanding – knowledge building

  • The Oireachtas
  • The legislative calendar and process
  • Seanad Commencement Matters and Dáil Topical Issues
  • Parliamentary Questions
  • Tips on how to inform and influence TDs and Senators 

Part 2: Influencing – how to effect change

  • Defining your issue and policy/legislative solution
  • Setting goals and objectives
  • Identify the target audience and who to influence
  • Stakeholder mapping and building partnerships/alliances
  • Creating effective communications

Ending: Questions and Answers – draw on Jillian’s expertise for your organisations’ campaign

Methodology

Delivered virtually via Zoom.