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Good governance involves making sure that your board is as effective as possible in providing oversight for the organisation. It is worth taking time out periodically to review/assess how you are doing and identify improvements. This can be done in different ways. Here are two templates based on the Charities Governance Code. The first is a board health check, which can be a basis for collective discussion. The second is for each board member to assess their own performance. This can help individual board members to stand back, assess their own effectiveness and identify areas for improvement.


Charities need to be aware of their obligations under GDPR. This involves reviewing what data you hold and why you hold it. You may need to review how you seek consent to collect personal data, how you store it and how you remove it.

Below is a comprehensive overview of how to retain and review data. This was developed by the Charity Data Protection Working Group, which is made up of Charities of varying sizes that, through services to people, many of them statutory duty services, have responsibility for personal and sensitive data.

What are the main differences between the Charities Governance Code and the Governance Code for Community, Voluntary and Charitable (CVC) Organisations? This article explains how to transition from the CVC Code to the Charities Code. It also gives practical examples of how to start the process and meet the 2020 deadline of compliance with the Charities Governance Code.

Check out this video on what your charity needs to do to comply with the Charities Governance Code:

To download the Code and the Compliance Record Form, go to:

Presentation from Governance Masterclass – Option 2D: Effective Minutes for Effective Governance delivered by Derek O’Reilly.

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Presentation and notes from Governance Masterclass – Option 2A: Best Practice Financial Reporting for Charities (including lessons learned from the Good Governance Awards) delivered by Aedín Morkan.

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Presentation and notes from Governance Masterclass – Option 1D: Communicating your Message delivered by Padraig McKeon.

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Presentation and notes from Governance Masterclass – Option 1C: Improving the Quality of Board Packs for Better Decision Making delivered by Diarmaid Ó Corrbuí.

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Presentation and notes from Governance Masterclass – Option 1B: Developing and Sustaining A Strong Governance Culture delivered by David Duffy.

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Presentation and notes from Governance Masterclass – Option 1A: Implementing Charities SORP delivered by Angela Monahan.

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