What is Charity Trustees' Week?
This year’s Charity Trustees’ Week 2019, from 11 - 15 November, aims to build on the success of last year’s event. It aims to recognise and celebrate the key role which volunteer charity trustees play in the governance and leadership of charities across Ireland. It also seeks to encourage more people to become trustees.
Boardmatch is the leading charity in Ireland for board recruitment in the charity sector, having facilitated the appointment of over 2,500 individuals to their boards. Boardmatch works with charities of all sizes. If you are interested in becoming a charity trustee you can view and apply for Board and Committee vacancies here.
Along with the network of Volunteer Centres, Volunteer Ireland manages the national volunteering database I-VOL. The database has thousands of volunteer opportunities from thousands of organisations across the country meaning you can view and apply for roles on our website and our smartphone app, I-VOL. You can find current board opportunities here.
Charity Trustees' Week aims:
- To celebrate and thank charity trustees for the key role which they play in the governance and leadership of Ireland’s charities;
- To highlight the importance of good governance of boards, promote the need for a thorough knowledge of trustees’ roles and responsibilities, education and upskilling of charity trustees, and promote understanding of the definition of the term ‘Charity Trustee’ to include Board members, committee members, council members directors of a charity;
- To highlight the need for new charity trustees to come forward, and highlight the means by which new trustees can be connected with charities that need trustees.
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Who is a trustee?
Charity trustees are the people who ultimately exercise control over, and are legally responsible for, the charity.
- If the charity is a company, these people may also be known as directors or board members.
- In an unincorporated association – an association that has a legal form with a governing document – they may be known as committee members. In the case of a trust it can be more complicated. If the trustees of the trust are the ones who decide policy and control the assets, then they are also charity trustees.
- However, if the trustees merely have their names on the deeds of property but cannot sell or dispose of the property without the permission of the Charities Regulator, and have no other responsibilities, they are not charity trustees.
If you are unsure as to whether you are a charity trustee or not, then it is important that you check the legal structure of your charity to clarify your position and consult your charity’s constitution or deed of trust (‘governing document’).
At the end of September 2019 there were more than 66,000 charity trustees in the Republic of Ireland.
Who is Involved?
Charity Trustees’ Week is organised by a steering committee which includes Boardmatch Ireland, Charities Institute Ireland, Carmichael Ireland, Charities Regulator, Dóchas, Pobal, Volunteer Ireland and The Wheel.
Resources for Trustees
The following guidance documents are available:
Stories, Blogs & Videos
Charity Trustee Profile - Michael Walsh
Michael Walsh is Recruitment Coordinator with 2into3 and a charity trustee of Louth Volunteer Centre
Chairity Trustee Profile - Suzanne McGann
Suzanne McGann is Head of Marketing and Communications, The Convention Centre Dublin and a Trustee of Beaumont Hospital Foundation.
Read Suzanne's blog here.
Charity Trustee Profile - Liz Roche
Liz Roche is a fundraising and philanthropy consultant and a charity trustee of Friends of the Elderly Ireland
Charity Trustee Profile - Ema Idown
Ema Idown is CEO of The Kebam and a charity trustee of Exchange House Ireland
Charity Trustee Profile - Goutham Krishnamoorthy
Goutham Krishnamoorthy, Trustee of Let’s Get Talking.
'Steering charities to deliver impact' - by Lisa-Nicole Dunne
To mark Charity Trustee Week Ireland 2018, Lisa-Nicole Dunne, Cii Trustee & CMRF Crumlin CEO, writes about her experience as a charity trustee.
Charity Trustee Profile - Rachel Waite
Rachel Waite is the Head of Marketing, Client Solutions and Member of the Retail Board of Directors of NCBI
'My experience as a Charity Trustee' - by Austin O'Sullivan
Charity Trustee Profile - Fred Karlsson
Fred Karlsson is the founder of DoneDeal.ie and a charity trustee of Boardmatch Ireland. He is also a former trustee of Wexford Arts Centre.
'My experience as a Charity Trustee' - by Derek McCabe
Derek McCabe is Chairperson of Extern and winner of the 2017 Trustee of the Year Award.
Charity Trustee Profile - David Kiely
David Kiely is Group Head of Risk Assurance, Bank of Ireland and trustee of Merchants Quay Ireland.
Charity Trustee Profile - Chris McElhinney
Chris McElhinney is a charity trustee of the Friends of the Royal Hospital Donnybrook.
Charity Trustee Profile - Siobhan O'Shea
Siobhan O’Shea is Client Services Director of Cpl Resources plc and trustee of TeenLine Ireland.
Video - why I became a charity trustee
Four charity trustees outline what the job entails and the steps you should take if you are interested in becoming a trustee.
Video - My Charity Trustee Journey - Sene Naoupu
Sene Naoupu is a Trustee of Bodywhys - The Eating Disorders Association of Ireland
Video - My Charity Trustee Journey - John McNamara
John McNamara - Chairperson of Community Creations