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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” on the 31st of March. Below you can download an edited transcript of the discussion.

In the Charities Governance Code, one of the core standards (3.4) requires you to agree operational policies where necessary, to guide the actions of everyone involved in your charity. This article explains how to agree operational policies for any nonprofit and the steps involved in putting policies in place.

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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All charities and other non-profit organisations must adhere to the legal and regulatory requirements that apply to the work that they do. There is a responsibility on charity trustees, directors and board members to find out what laws and regulatory requirements apply to their organisation and to ensure that the organisation complies with them.

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.

All charities and other non-profit organisations must adhere to the legal and regulatory requirements that apply to the work that they do. There is a responsibility on charity trustees, directors and board members to find out what laws and regulatory requirements apply to their organisation and to ensure that the organisation complies with them.

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.

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 fifth annual Good Governance Awards concluded on 19 November 2020 with the announcement of the winners of the annual report awards across six categories. One of the main aims of the Governance Awards is to improve the overall standard annual reporting in the charity and non-profit sector and to provide specific feedback to all entrants alongside guidance on how to improve their annual reports, including their financial statements and disclosures.

Each of the annual reports goes through a very rigorous assessment but underpinning the many assessments and checklists there are some key elements or features which 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.

This guidance document has been developed by Carmichael to help charities that are implementing the Charities Governance Code by matching the standards in the Code against resources that are available to help with implementation.

Making A Merger Happen – The core components and key steps in a merger process

This article is a follow on article to the article that discussed the need to do a rigorous evaluation of the merger prospect before engaging in a formal process. In this article, we discuss the core elements and steps to be taken when you are engaged in a formal merger process.