Charity Trustees' Week 2020

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Charity Trustees’ Week 16-20 November 2020

Charity Trustees’ Week is a great big THANK YOU to charity trustees across Ireland for the important and tireless work they carry out throughout the year. This year’s series of events is going virtual to allow charity trustees to take part from the comfort of your home or office.

Charity Trustees’ Week is hosted in partnership by the Charities Regulator, Boardmatch Ireland, Carmichael, The Wheel, Volunteer Ireland, Charities Institute Ireland, Pobal and Dóchas. Charity trustees can pick and choose from a variety of events listed on the Charity Trustees’ Week website.

The aims of the Charity Trustees week are to:

  • Celebrate and thank trustees for the key role which they play in the governance and leadership of Ireland’s charities;
  • Highlight the importance of good governance of boards, promote the need for a thorough knowledge of trustees’ roles and responsibilities, education and upskilling of trustees;
  • Highlight the need for new trustees to come forward and highlight the means by which new trustees can be connected with charities that need trustees;
  • Create a greater understanding and awareness among the public of the role of trustees, and the awareness that trustees are public members;

Follow us on social media, using the hashtag: #TrusteesWeekIrl

Some useful information about Charity Trustees’ Week

Who is a charity 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’).

Becoming a charity trustee

If you wish to become more involved in the charity sector you can contact a charity whose work and values align with your own. There are number of ways you begin the process of become a charity trustee. You can search for registered charities on the Register of Charities at www.charitiesregulator.ie.

Another option is to link in with Boardmatch Ireland. Boardmatch Ireland is the leading charity in Ireland for board recruitment in the charity sector, having facilitated the appointment of over 2,800 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.

You can contact Volunteer Ireland who, along with a network of Volunteer Centres, 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 at www.volunteer.ie and their smartphone app, I-VOL.

At the end of September 2020 there were more than 73,000 charity trustees in the Republic of Ireland.

Calendar of Events: 16 - 20 November

  • Monday: 16 November

    Time: 08:30 - 09:00 hours

    Event: Virtual Coffee Morning

    Topics/Focus: Sharing experiences, challenges benefits of being a Charity Trustee, discussion on the events happening over the week

    Aimed at: Charity Trustees

    Cost: Free

    Register: Click here to register

    Charity Trustees' Week Partner: Carmichael

     

    Time: 10:00 - 11:00 hours

    Event: Governing a Small Charity Through the Covid-19 Crisis

    Topics/focus: Join three experienced trustees as they discuss the unique challenges and opportunities facing the trustees of small charities during the Covid-19 crisis.

    Aimed at: Trustees of Small Organisations

    Cost: Free

    Register: Click here to register

    Charity Trustees' Week Partner: The Wheel

     

    Time: 13.00 - 14.00 hours

    Event: Governance for INGO's in time of COVID - 19

    Topics/focus: Key Board Foci in time of COVID - 19

    Aimed at: Charity Trustees of INGO's

    Cost: Free

    Register: Click here to register

    Charity Trustees' Week Partner: Dóchas

  • Tuesday: 17 November

    Time: 08:30 - 09:15 hours

    Event: Charity Trustees’ Week Coffee Morning

    Topics/focus: Planning Ahead in Uncertain Times

    Description: This session is a Q&A with our panel of 3 charity trustees. We will look at what role trustees have to play in helping their organisations adapt in 2021 and beyond, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Aimed at: Charity Trustees

    Cost: Free

    Register: Click here to register

    Charity Trustees' Week Partner: Boardmatch Ireland and Volunteer Ireland

      

    Time: 10:00 - 13:00 hours 

    Event: Fundamentals of Volunteer Management & Leadership

    Topics/focus: This is an introduction session for those new to the topic of Volunteer Management

    Aimed at: CEOs or anyone who manages a board of voluntary trustees

    Cost: €40 plus booking fee

    Register: Click here to register

    Charity Trustees' Week Partner: Volunteer Ireland

     

    Time: 13:00- 14:00 hours

    Event: Boardmatch and Charities Institute Ireland Webinar

    Topics/focus: An Insider’s View - Trusteeship in the era of Covid-19

    Description: Boardmatch and Charities Institute Ireland (Cii) are delighted to come together to host a panel discussion with four trustees from Cii member charities, who will share their experience of being a trustee over the last 6 months and discuss their hopes and fears for the future.

    Aimed at: Charity Trustees, Potential Charity Trustees, People working in the charity sector, Anyone with an interest in the charity sector.

    Cost: Free

    Register: Click here to register

    Charity Trustees' Week Partner: Boardmatch Ireland and Charities Institute Ireland

     

    Time: 15:00 - 16:00 hours

    Event: The Charities Governance Code

    Topics/focus: 2021 will be the first year that charities will report on their compliance with the Charities Governance Code. In this event senior staff members from The Charities Regulator will discuss the six core principles contained in the Charities Governance Code.

    Aimed at: Charity Trustees from small and medium sized charities

    Cost: Free

    Register: Click here to register

    Charity Trustees' Week Partner: Charities Regulator

  • Wednesday: 18 November

    Time: 08.30 - 09.30 hours

    Event: Becoming a Charity Trustee

    Topic/Focus: How to join a Charity Board

    Description: A practical information session to get you started on your charity board journey.
    Are you interested in joining a charity board and becoming a charity trustee? Our 1-hour webinar will help prepare you to become a charity trustee. Hear from the Boardmatch team and our panel of charity trustees placed through Boardmatch, including Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu (former Charity Trustee of VSO Ireland) and CEO of Deloitte Harry Goddard (former Charity Trustee of Debra Ireland).

    Aimed at: Potential Charity Trustees, Anyone with an interest in the charity sector

    Cost: Free

    Register: Click here to register

    Charity Trustees' Week Partner: BoardMatch

     

    Time: 10:00-11:00 hours

    Event: How to Diversify Your Board 

    Topics/focus: The boards of charities should reflect the diversity of the communities they serve. This seminar will explore the most effective strategies for promoting diversity at board level.

    Aimed at: Charity Trustees

    Cost: Free

    Register: Click here to register 

    Charity Trustees' Week Partner: The Wheel

     

    Time: 12:00-13:30 hours 

    Event: Online Webinar "The virtuous circle of good charity governance” Co-Hosting by Carmichael and Chartered Governance Institute (ICSA)

    Topics/Focus: Delivering positive change, Demonstrating sound management, Improving public trust and confidence, Welcoming Accountability and Generating Sustainable Support

    Aimed at: Board Chairs, Charity Trustees, Secretaries and CEOs

    Cost: Free

    Register: Click here to register

    Charity Trustees' Week Partner: Carmichael

     

    Time: 15.00 - 18.00 hours

    Event: Online Workshop on Board Roles & Responsibilities

    Topics/Focus: Purpose of their board and its responsibilities; the different roles of board members; the legal duties under the Companies Act 2014 and the Charities Act 2009; the different roles of the board and staff and how to ensure an effective working relationship is in place; board evaluation and an overview of the Charities Governance Code

    Aimed at: Board Chairs, Charity Trustees and Secretaries

    Cost: €60 - €80

    Registration: Click here to register

    Charity Trustees' Week Partner: Carmichael

     

  • Thursday: 19 November

    Time: 08:30-09:15 hours

    Event: ‘Role of the Chairperson’ hosted by Dr. Deiric O’Broin, Chairperson of the Pobal Board of Directors and Ms. Anna Shakespeare, Pobal CEO.

    Aimed at: Chairpersons & Vice-Chairs

    Cost: Free

    Registration: Click here to register

    Charity Trustees' Week Partner: Pobal

     

    Time: 10:00-13:00 hours

    Event: Charity Trustee Training

    Description: This course runs from 10am-1pm on Tuesday 12th November and Thursday 19th November. The course covers the roles and responsibilities of charity trustees/board directors under Company Law and Charity Law, board meetings, board papers, reviewing the board, board relationships, conflicts of interest, governance and management, and the Charities Governance Code.

    Aimed at: Charity Trustees, Potential Charity Trustees

    Cost: €162 

    Register: Click here to register

    Charity Trustees' Week Partner: Boardmatch Ireland

     

    Time: 12:00-13:00 hours

    Event: Meet the Charities Regulator

    Topics/focus: Join the Charities Regulator CEO, Helen Martin as well as senior staff members to discuss how the Charities Regulator can assist your charity.

    Aimed at: All charity trustees

    Cost: Free

    Register: Click here to register

    Charity Trustees' Week Partner: Charities Regulator

      

    Time: 16:30 - 18:00 hours 

    Online event: The Carmichael Good Governance Awards

    Topics/Focus: Keynote speech from Ruairí McKernan (author, social entrepreneur and campaigner on youth, community, health, and social justice issues) and announcement of the category winners of the Annual Report Award and the Governance Initiative Award

    Aimed at: Charity Trustees, Secretaries and CEOs

    Cost: Free

    Registration: Click here to register

    Charity Trustees' Week Partner: Carmichael

  • Friday: 20 November

    Time: 08:30-09:00 hours

    Event: Coffee Morning

    Venue: Online

    Charity Trustees' Week Partner: Charities Institute Ireland/Carmichael

     

    Time: 10:00 - 11:00 hours 

    Event: The Keys to Excellence: In Conversation the Winners & Finalists of the Charity Trustee Awards 2017-2020

    Topics/focus: Join past winners and finalists of The Wheel’s Charity Trustee of the Year Award as they share their experience and insights on what makes an effective charity trustee.


    Aimed at: Charity Trustees

    Cost: Free

    Register: Click here to register

    Charity Trustees' Week Partner: The Wheel

     

    Time: 12:00-12:45 hours

    Event: Good Governance - Your life raft in the Seas of Operational Uncertainty - Presented by Dr. Oonagh Breen

    Topics/Focus: This presentation considers the role of good governance in the context of the Covid19 crisis and beyond for charities. It highlights the current challenges facing many organisations enduring severe income reduction coupled with increased and growing demands on their charitable services.

    Aimed at: CEO's and Trustees

    Cost: Free (for Charities Institute Ireland members) €25 (for non members)

    Register: Click here to register

    Charity Trustees' Week Partner: Charities Institute Ireland

  • Other Events

    Special Radio Programme Broadcast (Pobal & CRAOL)

    Date: Monday 16th – Friday 20th November 2020

    Event: Special Radio Broadcast Celebrating Charity Trustees Week 2020

    Topics/focus: Pobal in conjunction with CRAOL – Community Radio Ireland, will broadcast a special radio programme across the community radio network. This dedicated programme will include interviews and special features with Charity Trustees and representative organisations.

    Aimed at: Charity Trustees and local communities highlighting the important role and work carried out by boards and their trustees.

    Radio / Podcast: A detailed schedule of broadcast times will be made available. A podcast will be also available on www.pobal.ie

     

    Managing Better – Online Training & Presentation

    Date: Monday 16th – Friday, 20th November 2020

    Event: Online training videos & presentations

    Topics / Focus: Detailing the Pobal Managing Better Resource Guides, designed to assist and support trustees and boards on the topics of: Good Governance, Human Resources and Finance.

    Aimed at: Charity Trustees in particular those with a specific responsibility over the areas of Good Governance, Human Resources and Finance.

    Type: Free online resource (www.pobal.ie)

Resources for Charity Trustees