Charity Trustees’ Week - A big thank you!
Charity Trustees’ Week is a great big THANK YOU to charity trustees across Ireland for the important and tireless work you carry out throughout the year in the governance and leadership of Ireland’s charities. We have created a calendar of over 20 events to suit trustees from every type of charity. And this year we are delighted to be able to include some in-person events again, as well as a range of remote and hybrid occasions.
Charity Trustees’ Week is hosted in partnership by the Charities Regulator, Boardmatch Ireland, Carmichael, Charities Institute Ireland, Dóchas, Pobal, The Wheel, and Volunteer Ireland.
As well as celebrating the work of charity trustees, the week’s events are designed to provide support and insights to help you fulfil your roles and responsibilities, while also creating greater awareness and understanding among the public of the important role of charity trustees in Ireland’s over 11,500 charities.
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Calendar of Events
Charities Regulator Events:
An Introduction to Classification (Monday, 14th at 12:30pm)
Following extensive consultation, the new charity classification form will be launched on our website on Friday, 11th November together with guidance on how to complete it. This lunchtime webinar will provide an overview of charity classification and how it works in practice. It will include tips and examples to assist charity trustees as they decide which categories are the ‘best fit’ for their charity within the classification, as well as information about completing the form.
The Charities Governance Code in Practice (Tuesday, 15th at 7pm)
This hybrid event in Athlone, co-hosted by the Charities Regulator and Volunteer Ireland, will provide insights and practical guidance from charities and the Charities Regulator on the Charities Governance Code and how it can help charities ensure their organisations are run effectively, efficiently and to the highest standards of governance. Chaired by Fergus Finlay, former CEO at Barnardos Ireland, speakers include Rita Kearney, charity trustee with the Roscommon Women’s Network (RWN) along with Helen Martin, Chief Executive and Thomas Mulholland, Director of Compliance & Enforcement, Charities Regulator.
Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (Friday, 18th at 1pm)
A joint webinar from An Garda Síochána and the Charities Regulator on money laundering and terrorist financing and the risks for charities with Detective Superintendent Catharina Gunne of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau and Thomas Mulholland, Director of Compliance & Enforcement, Charities Regulator.
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’).
Interested in becoming a charity trustee?
There are almost 11,500 registered charities in Ireland with over 76,000 charity trustees.
If you wish to become more involved in the charity sector, there are number of ways you can begin the process of become a charity trustee. You can search the Register of Charities for a charity whose work and values align with your own.
Another option is to link in with Boardmatch Ireland, a registered charity specialising in board recruitment for the charity sector. Boardmatch works with charities of all sizes and you can view and apply for current Board and Committee vacancies on their website.
Volunteer Ireland , along with a network of Volunteer Centres, manages the national volunteering database I-VOL. This database has thousands of volunteer opportunities from thousands of organisations across the country which you can view and apply for on their website and via their smartphone app, I-VOL.