IRELAND HAS MORE TRUST IN CHARITY SECTOR THAN GOVERNMENT

An annual global trust survey has found that Ireland has more trust in the NGO sector than in Government.

The 2014 Edelman Trust Barometer found that 13% of Irish people surveyed had a ‘great deal of trust’ in the NGO sector, in comparison to only 4% for Government. In 2013, the level of trust in the NGO sector was slight higher At 17%, whilst the level of trust in Government stayed at 4%.

The numbers are mirrored at a global scale with 23% of respondents stating that they had a ’great deal of trust’ in the NGO sector in contrast to Government at 15%.

Amongst other findings, the report also shows that 54% of Irish people trust NGO representatives as credible spokespeople.

Now in its 14th year, the Edelman Trust Barometer measures levels of trust on a global scale across institutions, industries and leaders. The survey is the result of over 31,000 respondents in 26 markets globally.

REHAB GROUP ANNOUNCE APPOINTMENT OF NEW BOARD

REHAB GROUP ANNOUNCE APPOINTMENT OF NEW BOARD

The Rehab Group has announced the appointment of a new board as part of a significant Governance restructuring project. The 16 member board was announced at the Rehab Group Annual General Meeting which took place on the 8th of September. Thirteen of the sixteen board members are newly appointed.

The well-publicised recruitment process was overseen by a transitional board nominations committee, drawn from the Rehab Group board and key charity sector figures.
As part of its Governance restructuring plan, the Rehab Group has also committed to adopting the Fundraising Code of Practice for Charities and the Governance Code for Community and Voluntary Organisations.

Speaking about the board renewal, Chairman and acting CEO of the Rehab Group Seán Egan said that he was “extremely pleased that the process of appointment of a new board has attracted individuals of such high calibre, all of whom are enthusiastically committed to supporting Rehab. The new board has the right mix of skills relevant experience, skills and empathy – and this will benefit the organisation hugely.”

Click here to see the new board.

THE PAYMENT OF VOLUNTARY DIRECTOR EXPENSES

THE PAYMENT OF VOLUNTARY DIRECTOR EXPENSES

The payment of voluntary director expenses is an area of uncertainty for many charities. Whilst the role is without remuneration, voluntary directors are still entitled to have their expenses met when carrying out their duties for the charity.

Two important things to note:

  • Reimbursing voluntary directors for costs incurred in the course of their work for the charity does not equate to remuneration, which in principle is prohibited except in a select number of cases.
  • It is good practice for a charity to have an expenses policy in place to help demarcate the limits of voluntary director expenses.

 

Travel

Irish Company Law entitles voluntary directors to be reimbursed for reasonable expenses when working on behalf of the charity. Travel is the most common form of expense incurred by a board member in the course of their duties for the charity – e.g. travelling to and from board meetings. It is important to note that the expenses should be reasonable, and the finer details surrounding payment of expenses should be contained in your expenses policy.

Revenue has recently published a short updated brief on the tax treatment of travel expenses for voluntary directors which explains that as a general rule, travel expenses are not subject to a tax deduction. In the case that travel expenses are covered by the company or reimbursed to the Director, PAYE/USC must be deducted.
 

Payment for Goods and Services

The law does allow for voluntary directors to be paid for goods and services which go beyond their normal duties as directors. This could include legal or accountancy work which is carried out by the voluntary director outside of his or her role on the board. This type of payment is subject to a number of conditions which are outlined in Section 89 of the Charities Act 2009:

  • The agreement must be in writing
  • The sums payable under the agreement must not exceed what is reasonable and proportionate having regard to the service provided.
  • All of the voluntary directors must agree that it is in the best interests of the charity.
  • If there is only one voluntary director, the approval of the Charities Regulatory Authority must be obtained.
  • No such payment should contravene the charity’s governing document.
  • The charity must have regard to any guidelines issued by the Charities Regulatory Authority on the issue.

It is also best practise for the charity to go to market with the proposed work to demonstrate that they are obtaining best value and best service.

This explanatory note is not designed to be a comprehensive overview of voluntary director expenses, but rather a good starting point for further exploration.

Click here to view the Revenue Commissioners brief on the tax treatment of travel expenses.
 
Sources:

O’Connell Brennan Solicitors “Trustee Expenses and Payments in the Non-Profit Sector.”

Revenue Commissioners “Expenses of travel  – Non-executive directors attending board meetings.”

DONT MISS OUR BOARD MEMBER TRAINING ON SEPTEMBER 25TH

DONT MISS OUR BOARD MEMBER TRAINING ON SEPTEMBER 25TH

We have a limited number of places left for our Board Member Training day on the 25th of September 2014.

This training day provides a comprehensive overview of the role and responsibilities of not-for-profit board members and is tailored towards prospective, new and existing board members looking to strengthen their role on the Board.

Cost: 120 Euro p/p

Location: Davys Dublin 2

Time: 9.30am to 4pm

The full-day training is led by Boardmatch Business Development Manager Fidelma Keogh.

The Trainer
Fidelma is Business Development Manager with Boardmatch Ireland and has worked in the non-profit sector for 15 years, across a variety of fields including social housing, health and governance. She has an honours Masters in Governance from the IPA and a First Class in Management for the Community & Voluntary Sector (NCI).

Main topics will include:

  • Role, expectations and liabilities of voluntary Directors
  • Governance and management
  • Information needed by voluntary Directors
  • Board recruitment & stakeholder management
  • Relationships with your Chief Executive and Chair

For further information, or to book a place, please contact Eva Gurn at eva@boardmatchireland.ie or call the office on 01-671 5005.

Rehab Group announce appointment of new board

The Rehab Group has announced the appointment of a new board as part of a significant Governance restructuring project. The 16 member board was announced at the Rehab Group Annual General Meeting which took place on the 8th of September. Thirteen of the sixteen board members are newly appointed.

The well-publicised recruitment process was overseen by a transitional board nominations committee, drawn from the Rehab Group board and key charity sector figures.
As part of its Governance restructuring plan, the Rehab Group has also committed to adopting the Fundraising Code of Practice for Charities and the Governance Code for Community and Voluntary Organisations.

Speaking about the board renewal, Chairman and acting CEO of the Rehab Group Seán Egan said that he was “extremely pleased that the process of appointment of a new board has attracted individuals of such high calibre, all of whom are enthusiastically committed to supporting Rehab. The new board has the right mix of skills relevant experience, skills and empathy – and this will benefit the organisation hugely.”

Click here to see the new board.