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Carmichael and The Wheel carried out this wide-ranging consultation with the community and voluntary sector across Ireland to establish what training and support is needed by organisations of different sizes and in different locations, what types of supports are currently being accessed and how they could best be organised and developed to enable these organisations to meet the challenges they face. As two of the largest providers of training and supports to the sector we decided to work in partnership to undertake this important consultation.

This report contains the results of extensive qualitative research carried out with organisations representing the full diversity of our sector as well as policymakers, regulators and funders. We hope that the information in the report will assist not just Carmichael and The Wheel, but all infrastructure organisations in designing the supports and training that they will offer in the future.

Applying for Charitable Status can seem daunting but it can also be a very rewarding process which can help you to improve the governance of your organisation.

There are plenty of great resources out there to help you find your way. We have put together a practical step-by-step guide with links to some relevant resources to help you with your application. 

The consideration and assessment of potential mergers and strategic alliances should be on strategic radar of every board and chief executive.

The current Covid-19 crisis and its major disruptive impact to the ability to provide services and generate income, is creating a critical risk for organisations and may require boards to urgently explore the option of a merger to ensure viability and survival.

It is of vital importance that before you formally engage in merger discussions, that the board and management go through the following evaluation checklist.

This unforeseen rapid pace of change requires a rapid and agile response. Charities will need to plan on how best to prepare and deal with this unprecedented crisis. The implications of COVID-19 will create a financial crunch and charities should now do what they can to prepare for this.

The activities and actions listed below, are a few things you may want to consider.

Do you really know how to prioritize?

In my experience, most of us are somewhere between okay and pretty awful when it comes to really understanding how to prioritize.

It tends to be a mixture of crisis management and those things that fall into the category of “things I like to do”!! Not great criteria!

So, what lessons on how to prioritize can we learn from the top performing CEOs that I have worked with?