Good Governance Awards 2024 open for entries!

11 June 2024

Transparency and accountability in the nonprofit sector are more important than ever – Carmichael 

– Carmichael opens applications for the Good Governance Awards 2024 – 

Transparency and accountability are vital for any nonprofit to build and maintain public trust. That’s according to Carmichael, who launched the opening of applications for their Good Governance Awards 2024 today (11.06.24). 

Now in its ninth year, the Good Governance Awards recognise and encourage adherence to responsible governance and transparent reporting by nonprofits in Ireland. Each year, more than 100 nonprofit organisations enter their annual report and financial statements into the awards to be assessed under the criteria of transparency, governance, strategy, and financial information.   In 2023, the 7 Good Governance Awards Winners ranged from NiteLine, an out-of-hours peer support service for third level students which has an annual income of just over €44,000, to Trócaire, an international social justice organisation with an annual income of more than €93 million. 

Commenting after the 2023 Awards, Helen Nolan, CEO at Spraoi agus Spórt who were winners of Category 3, said “This award is a reflection of the professionalism and the strive for excellence within Spraoi agus Spórt, especially in terms of our governance. I’m absolutely delighted for our board who devote so much time to Spraoi agus Spórt to make sure that we are governed in the best way that we possibly can be and also for our staff and our volunteers who always go the extra mile in their work and to do their best for Spraoi agus Spórt.” 

Speaking today, Diarmaid Ó Corrbuí, CEO of Carmichael and Founder of the Good Governance Awards, said, “The Good Governance Awards raise the quality of corporate governance in our sector by encouraging higher standards of good practice in annual reports. Expert feedback is provided to all entrants on how to improve the quality of their annual reports. This helps to ensure our sector is meeting best practice, constantly improving and communicating appropriately to its stakeholders. 

“This year we are especially encouraging applications from the diverse range of organisations working in the nonprofit sector. We welcome applications from all areas – from arts and sports to homeless services and youth organisations. Due to the growing profile of the Good Governance Awards, we expect to see our highest number of applications ever this year.” 


How to Enter 

Any nonprofit organisation in Ireland, whether a charity, Company Limited by Guarantee, sports club or social enterprise, can enter the Awards. There are seven categories for the awards based on the annual turnover of the organisation: 

  • Category 1: For organisations with an annual turnover of less than €100,000  
  • Category 2: For organisations with an annual turnover of between €100,000 and €250.000.  
  • Category 3: For organisations with an annual turnover of over €250,000 and under €750,000.  
  • Category 4: For organisations with an annual turnover of over €750,000 and under €2.5 million.  
  • Category 5: For organisations with an annual turnover of over €2.5 million and under €10 million  
  • Category 6: For organisations with an annual turnover of over €10 million and under €50 million  
  • Category 7: For organisations with an annual turnover of over €50 million. 

Details on the entry criteria and categories; the judging panel; how to enter; and other resources such as annual report templates are available at: 


Contact: Róisín McGuigan, Good Governance Awards Coordinator

Download press release here.