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Fortunately, most boards and CEOs in the charity sector have positive working relationships. However, when things go wrong, they can go badly wrong. During the Covid pandemic, with all its stresses and strains, some relationships were tested. This was a timely reminder that good working relationships should not be taken for granted. This resource document was drawn up in response to two events organised by Carmichael and the Wheel: an online webinar in November 2021 and a facilitated panel discussion at the Wheel Summit in June 2022. Attendees at both events had many questions and observations; and expressed a need for more support and resources on this important topic.   

The Commentary on Charities Amendment Bill 2022, prepared for Carmichael by Professor Oonagh Breen of UCD and Philip Smith of Arthur Cox Solicitors

Carmichael’s CEO, Diarmaid Ó Corrbuí was a guest on the Diligent – BoardEffect Board Governance webinar series speaking to host Mark Wilson, Governance Advisor with BoardEffect on the topic of “Managing boards in a hybrid environment”. Below you can download an edited transcript of the discussion.

This article explains how to agree operational policies for any nonprofit and the steps involved in putting policies in place, in accordance to the Charities Governance Code core standards (3.4).

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

 

 

The Compliance Calendar is a useful addition to the board materials for a meeting to ensure that relevant actions are addressed by the Board. It can also assist with preparing the agenda for an upcoming meeting.  This Sample Compliance Calendar, suitable for small or all volunteer organisations, should be amended/tailored to reflect the specific compliance requirements of your own charity or non-profit.

Carmichael wishes to acknowledge the support of Colm Hanley, LK Shields Solicitors in the development of this resource.

The Compliance Calendar is a useful addition to the board materials for a meeting to ensure that relevant actions are addressed by the Board. It can also assist with preparing the agenda for an upcoming meeting. This Sample Compliance Calendar should be amended/tailored to reflect the specific compliance requirements of your own charity or non-profit.

Carmichael wishes to acknowledge the support of Colm Hanley, LK Shields Solicitors in the development of this resource.

Questioning what training and support is needed in the Voluntary and Community Sector, extensive qualitative research was carried out by Carmichael and The Wheel. Here, this report contains the results of this 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. 

In the Good Governance Awards, each of the annual reports go through a very rigorous assessment but underpinning the many assessments and checklists are some key elements that are essential in the eyes of the assessors and judges. In the spirit of improving standards, we have compiled a summary of the top ten judges’ recommendations arising from their assessment of this year’s shortlisted annual reports. We have also included the top ten comments from our assessors in relation to annual reports that were not shortlisted.