Carmichael Vacancy: Community Employment (CE) Scheme Supervisor
28 Feb 2019
Carmichael are recruiting a Community Employment (CE) Scheme Supervisor (from 1 July 2019) to lead and supervise our CE project. The key responsibility of the CE Supervisor will be to ensure the effective and efficient direction of the human, financial and material resources of the CE Programme. Thereby, ensuring that the programme is being run…
Next round of the Carmichael Mentor Programme is now open for applications
26 Feb 2019
To date 74 CEOs and managers of nonprofit organisations have benefited from the Carmichael Mentoring Programme. We are now launching the next round of the mentoring scheme. Being the leader of an organisation can be tough anywhere but it is especially true in the nonprofit sector. The value of a mentor is having someone who…
Heart Children Ireland
6 Feb 2019
Discover more about the inspiring work of our resident member organisations, their impact and the difference they make to communities across the country. Our featured story is Heart Children Ireland. www.heartchildren.ie Heart Children Ireland is a support group for parents and families of children with a Congenital Heart Disorder(CHD). Who we are and what…
Facilities Management Training – 17th & 18th April 2019
6 Feb 2019
Development Trusts Northern Ireland (DTNI) is hosting professional facilities management (FM) training events this spring, one of these events is in collaboration with Carmichael in Dublin. The FM course will follow the Institute for Workplace and Facilities Management professional standards framework and cover the fundamentals of health and safety, energy, contract management and much more.…
Pobal SSNO Programme Funding – Application deadline is 3pm, 31st January.
8 Jan 2019
Pobal, on behalf of the Department of Rural and Community Development (DRCD) are inviting applications for funding from eligible organisations under the Scheme to Support National Organisations (SSNO) 2019-2022. Details about the new programme and the application process is available on https://www.pobal.ie/programmes/scheme-to-support-national-organisations-ssno/. The closing date for receipt of applications is 3pm on Thursday 31st January,…
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.
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.
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.
Presentation and notes from Governance Masterclass – Option 1D: Communicating your Message delivered by Padraig McKeon.
Presentation and notes from Governance Masterclass – Option 1C: Improving the Quality of Board Packs for Better Decision Making delivered by Diarmaid Ó Corrbuí.
Presentation and notes from Governance Masterclass – Option 1B: Developing and Sustaining A Strong Governance Culture delivered by David Duffy.
Presentation and notes from Governance Masterclass – Option 1A: Implementing Charities SORP delivered by Angela Monahan.
In order for a board of directors to carry out their fiduciary duties for the organisation that they oversee, they need to be provided with a “board pack” for their board meetings which contains relevant, timely, up-to-date information in a digestible format. Expectations and accountability of boards have increased in recent years including those in the nonprofit sector. Hence, boards need to review the board reporting material they receive in their board packs to ensure that they receive the information that they require to make informed decisions.
Following their recent cross-sectorial research, new guidance for effective board reporting has been issued this year by ICSA: The Governance Institute (ICSA). Furthermore, the importance of identifying and reporting performance metrics has been recognised as a key area to be improved in board reporting and hence this is discussed below. Concentrating on the governance of nonprofit organisations in particular, we aim to benchmark the best-practice initiatives in; charity finances, regulatory requirements and performance reporting with reference to international guidance for nonprofit organisations.
Qualitative and quantitative research of Irish nonprofit organisation representatives was conducted wherein current strengths and weaknesses of board reporting were identified and investigated. The key findings from this survey, alongside the accompanying research, have been collated to create recommendations for an effective board pack compilation. Within these recommendations, there is a board pack table of contents, a board pack contents template and a practical checklist to help improve their board reporting process.
Boards must work effectively to ensure they govern the organisation properly. One of the key mechanisms for this is the board meeting.