Save the Date: Annual National Federations Lunch

Boardmatch will be hosting its fourth annual National Federations Lunch on the 10th of November in the Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin 2.
The only of its kind, the event is for CEOs and Chairs of National Federations and is a unique opportunity for the sector to come together in the company of some prestigious guest speakers.

This year we are delighted to welcome guest speaker Kieran Timmins who is Chair of the newly reformed Central Remedial Clinic board.

The cost of the event is €25 per person.

This event is not to be missed, for further information please feel free to contact a member of the Boardmatch team on 01 671 5005 or

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.

Places are filling up for our Board Member Training on Sept 25th

Boardmatch 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
Previous to her role with Boardmatch, Fidelma was based in the Carmichael Centre for Voluntary Groups, working with member group Children in Hospital (Irl). Fidelma is a graduate of European Studies from Trinity College Dublin, having also studied at Paris VII, the Jussieu campus of the Sorbonne. She also received a First Class in Management for the Community & Voluntary Sector (NCI) and is currently attending the IPA programme in Governance, as part of the National University of Ireland (NUI) network.

Fidelma has worked in the not for profit sector for 10 years. Previous to this, she worked extensively in Ireland and internationally in the Arts sector for 10 years.

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 or call the office on 01-671 5005.

Global survey shows Ireland trusts NGOs more 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.

Click here for the full report on Ireland

Report: Charities not capitalising on potential of social media

A new report from Grant Thornton has found that charities are not capitalising on the potential of social media. It says that there is currently a social media knowledge gap at senior levels in charities worldwide.

The report, ‘Growing communities: How charity leaders govern social media globally to thrive online’ asked CEOs of charities a range of questions relating to their social media policies. The authors of the report used the findings to make a number of recommendations on the use of social media in their organisations.

Strategy: The charity’s strategy should drive social media use. The board must help formulate this strategy from a position of knowledge.

Governance: Charities should document their social media governance approach and share guidelines with everyone involved in their work.

Education and Training: Formal education programmes should be used at every level of the organisation.

Risk: Each organisation must weigh up the cost of social media against its benefits.

Impact: It is vital to measure impact, engagement and outcomes to justify investment in social media.

The report uses the findings of the survey to provide charity leaders with guidance on how to embrace social media.

Click here to view the full report.

Chairman of regulator vows to stop ‘bogus’ charities

The new Chairman Designate of the Charities Regulatory Authority has vowed to stop ‘bogus’ charities from continuing their activities.

Conor Woods was speaking last week at the Oireachtas Justice Committee where he said that the new regulator will “establish who’s bogus and who’s not.”

He added that the “[Charity Register] will give absolute clarity to the public and that is a key issue for us.”

This February, it was announced that the new charity Regulator would cost €960,000 in its first year. Woods told the committee that the new body would need to be allocated proper resources if it was to be a success.

Charities are being asked to pay a yearly registration fee on a sliding-scale basis to assist with the funding of the new body.

Woods told the committee that all charities, regardless of their legal status would fall under the Regulator’s remit and “have to abide by the stipulations in the Charities Act [2009]”.

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