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Hybrid meetings are meetings in which some participants are present in person, and others are
present online. This requires video conferencing software like Zoom, Microsoft Teams or Google
Hangouts and hardware such as cameras and microphones for those present in the room. As more
and more organisations move towards hybrid meetings, it’s important to make sure your hybrid
meetings are as efficient and engaging as possible. We’ve gathered our top tips below.

In June of this year, Carmichael worked with TU Dublin to examine the impact of Covid-19 on Irish nonprofits.

The overall findings suggest that the nonprofits surveyed demonstrated huge resilience in terms of coping with increased demand for their services while experiencing a drop in funding, and in the decreased availability of volunteers.

They did this by innovative approaches to service delivery which often involved the increased use of technology.

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Carmichael podcasts are available from most podcast platforms – Soundcloud, Apple, Spotify.

Episode 1: Why is using your annual report to tell your story important for nonprofits?

Derek O’Reilly, Training Manager and Diarmaid Ó Corrbuí, CEO of Carmichael, in conversation about annual reports for nonprofits. This conversation provides practical insights in what to consider when writing an annual report, including: your organisation’s purpose; strategy; risk management; financial management and outcomes. It also touches on the Good Governance Awards, and the opportunity they provide to access resources and high quality feedback on your annual reports. See full details on Click here to listen.

Episode 2: The Charities Governance Code

Diarmaid Ó Corrbuí, CEO, and Derek O’Reilly Training Manager, Carmichael, in conversation about the Charities Governance Code. This conversation provides practical insights into the Code and how to go about the compliance process. It touches on the challenges and pitfalls, as well as resources, supports and key dates to ensure full compliance by 2021. See full details of the Code on: Listen here.

Episode 3: Risk and Risk Management

CEO, Diarmaid Ó Corrbuí and Training Officer, Andrew Madden discuss risk and risk management for non-profit organisations. Listen here.

Episode 4: When Things Go Wrong in Charities

We really enjoyed talking to Jillian van Turnhout in our latest Carmichael podcast on the topic of ‘When Things go wrong in Charities’. This episode follows on from previous topics which looked at the Annual Report, the Charities Governance Code and Risk Management. Here’s link to this episode:

Episode 5: Board ethics and behaviour

In episode 5, Diarmaid Ó Corrbuí, Carmichael CEO, interviews Louise Thomson, Head of Policy for ICSA: The Governance Institute about Board ethics and behaviour. Listen to the full podcast on

Episode 6: 2019 Good Governance Awards Keynote Speech

Louise Thomson’s 2019 Good Governance Awards keynote speech is available on

Episode 7: 2019 Good Governance Awards The Winners

Recording of the Winners of the 2019 Good Governance Awards:

Episode 8: Talk with Deirdre Garvey, CEO of The Wheel about her work and the challenges which face the Charity and Voluntary Sector

Diarmaid Ó Corrbuí, Carmichael CEO talks with Deirdre Garvey, CEO of The Wheel about her work and the challenges which face the Charity and Voluntary Sector as Election 2020 draws nearer. Episode 8 is available on

Episode 9: “What’s Happening with Volunteering in Ireland?”

Diarmaid Ó Corrbuí, Carmichael CEO talks with Nina Arwitz CEO of Volunteer Ireland on “What’s happening with volunteering in Ireland?”. Episode 9 is available

Episode 10: “G.D.P.R., it hasn’t gone away”

In episode 10, we talked with Gerry Egan on “G.D.P.R., it hasn’t gone away you know”:

Episode 11: Developments, Opportunities and Challenges for charities

Talk with Liz Hughes CEO of Cii on ‘Developments, opportunities and challenges for charities’:

Episode 12: What Makes a Good Annual Report Great

Diarmaid Ó Corrbuí, Carmichael CEO in conversation with Aedín Morkan, partner with Mazars’ Audit Assurance Group about making a good Annual Report even better. Listen on

Episode 13: Creating an Ethical Culture in Organisations

In episode 13, Niall Fitzgerald, Head of Ethics and Governance at Chartered Accountants Ireland joins Diarmaid Ó Corrbuí, CEO of Carmichael Ireland to discuss how to create an ethical culture in organisations:

Episode 14: Leveraging Technology for Social Good

Diarmaid’s guest is Eamon Stack, the outgoing CEO of Enclude. They discuss how best to use technology for social good:

Episode 15: Michael Wickham Moriarty gives insights to Trócaire’s award winning governance culture

In conversation with Michael Wickham Moriarty, the head of Corporate Services at Trócaire. Michael gives us an insight into Trócaire’s award winning governance culture and talks about how Trócaire is coping with Covid-19:

Episode 16: Coping with Covid-19 – The challenge for small charities as they provide much needed services

In episode 16, we speak with 3 small charities, Look Good Feel Better, FirstLight and Huntington’s Disease Association of Ireland about their Covid-19 challenges and how they are responding to maintain services to their clients. Listen at

Episode 17: Creativity, Culture, Collaboration and Courage by CRC staff in response to Covid-19

Diarmaid talks with Stephanie Manahan, CEO of The Central Remedial Clinic, CRC:

Episode 18: Three more charities rising to the Covid-19 challenge to continue delivering their supports and services

Diarmaid in conversation with three more charities based at the Carmichael Centre, about their challenges during the Covid-19 crisis. Firstly we hear from Heart Children Ireland, then The Prader Willi Syndrome Association and finally Dyspraxia DCD Ireland.

Episode 19: Board recruitment is an ongoing requirement even during a pandemic

We talk to Eva Gurn, CEO of Boardmatch Ireland, and the valuable role they play in matching those volunteering for board roles and non-profits looking to recruit board members.

Episode 20: Chris Gordon Talks On the Evolving Landscape for Social Enterprises

Carmichael CEO, Diarmaid Ó Corrbuí, talks with Chris Gordon, CEO of the Irish Social Enterprise Network, on the evolving landscape for social enterprises, opportunities and challenges.

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Episode 21: When a Charity Inspector Calls

In this podcast, Carmichael’s Training Manager, Derek O’Reilly, interviews Diarmaid Ó Corrbuí, CEO, about the findings and the wider sector implications of the Charity Inspector’s Report into Child Fund Ireland.

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Episode 22: Ready and Able Post-Covid

In the latest Carmichael podcast we speak with Liam Scollan about community and voluntary organisations being “Ready and Able” for the emerging post Covid pandemic environment responding to the challenges, opportunities and innovations they are encountering.

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As we all adjust to this new reality, we need to find new ways to connect and ensure good governance of our organisations whilst supporting the government’s public health advice. One way is to utilise video conferencing. Below is a short article by Jillian van Turnhout on how to use Zoom for Board meetings.

This simple infographic gives practical information on what to include in an Annual Report. For more detailed information, including annual reporting templates, see:

For free workshops on how to develop an effective annual report, see

Research (Velthuis, 2011) has shown that social impact measurement in the Republic of Ireland is significantly underdeveloped. This is not to say that it is not happening at all, because there are some excellent examples.

Nor is it to suggest that there is no appetite for it, because there clearly is, as shown by numerous conferences, courses and publications on the topic. It is simply that times are very challenging, most people are extremely busy and many of them do not know how to start measuring and demonstrating their outcomes, even if they might want to.

Make sure you know who your members are

If your charity is a Company Limited by Guarantee (CLG), a lack of clarity about who precisely are your members can lead to unintentional breaches of company law and/or your Constitution. It also can create confusion as to who are entitled to vote at general meetings and who should receive company information.

Members of the company are those persons or entities which hold an interest in the company (in companies with share capital, e.g. limited or PLC companies; they would be shareholders). It is possible that your members are the same as your directors. When a director is replaced their membership interest should be passed to the new director.