Charity trustees will get a first-hand opportunity to learn about the recently launched Charities Governance Code at public meetings organised as part of Charity Trustees’ Week (12 – 16 November).
The meetings, organised by the Charities Regulator in Dublin (13 November) and Cork (14 November), will feature presentations on the code, and question and answer sessions.
“The Charities Regulator is committed to supporting more than 60,000 charity trustees in their pivotal role in the governance of more than 9,600 registered charities,” Charities Regulator interim Chief Executive Helen Martin said.
“Trustees are often the invisible heroes who work tirelessly behind the scenes to keep charities running. The new code is intended to help trustees meet their legal obligations.”
Charity trustees are the people who ultimately exercise control over, and are legally responsible for, a charity. If the charity is a company, these people may also be known as directors or board members. In an unincorporated association, they may be known as committee members.
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’).
The Dublin and Cork meetings will also feature discussions with a number of local charity trustees regarding their work, and information for people who are interested in becoming charity trustees.
This is the second year Charity Trustees’ Week has been organised in Ireland. It aims to recognise and celebrate the key role which volunteer charity trustees play in the governance and leadership of charities across Ireland and to encourage more people to become trustees.
The Charities Regulator is part of the steering group behind the week. The group also consists of The Wheel, Charities Institute Ireland, Dóchas, The Carmichael Centre, Boardmatch Ireland and Volunteer Ireland.
A full calendar of events is planned for Charity Trustees’ Week, including meetings, training events, webinars and the Good Governance Awards. For full details of events visit the Charity Trustees Week 2018 page, which includes blogs, a video and other resources for charity trustees.
“We would urge charity trustees, and anyone who is considering becoming a charity trustee, to participate in events during the week,” Ms Martin said. “This is an opportunity to recognise the contribution of trustees, share some learning and inspire more people to volunteer as charity trustees.”
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