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]”.

Source: The

Board Member Training Day June 26th

Boardmatch will be holding a Board Member Training day on the 26th of June 2014 in Dublin City Centre.

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: Davy Offices, 49 Dawson St. Dublin 2

Time: 9.30am – 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.

Business community called upon to contribute to good governance of Irish charities

Business community called upon to contribute to good governance of Irish charities

Pictured: Dominick Chilcott British Ambassador, Fidelma Keogh Business Development Manager with Boardmatch Ireland and Tony O’Brien Director General of the HSE.
Ireland’s business community can play an important role in promoting good governance within all Irish charities. This was the theme guiding yesterday’s event in the British Ambassador’s Resident hosted by Boardmatch Ireland and Hays recruitment.

Fidelma Keogh, Business Development Manager with Boardmatch Ireland commenting at the event last night noted:

“The traditional business skills of finance, legal or marketing are pivotal for the effective running of charitable organisations. The non-profit sector has become increasingly aware of how vital a role diversity plays in the composition of non-profit Boards, indeed any Board. Having access to those skills from the private and public sector is now critical if the non-profit sector is to remain a vibrant and essential part of Irish society. It essentially creates a win-win situation for all involved; the charity gains from much needed expertise and business individuals gain valuable experience whilst sharing the leadership role.”

Tony O’Brien, CEO of the HSE was amongst those in attendance and addressed the crowd on the current need for effective governance in the charity sector. He noted the valuable contribution which the not-for-profit and voluntary sector makes to wider Irish society and the importance also of ensuring that the sector had proper governance and regulatory structures in place. Referring to the recent issues at the CRC, he also spoke of the important role which organisations, such as Boardmatch Ireland, can play in ensuring that the highest governance standards are implemented and applied by the not- for-profit sector.

Other attendees included CEO of JP Morgan Carin Bryans, CEO of the Ireland Funds Caitriona Fottrell and Dee Ahern, CEO of Barretstown along with the Chief Executives of Barclays Bank, Goldman Sachs, Eircom, St Vincent de Paul and the Irish Wheelchair Association.

Many of those in attendance are already offering their skills at charity Board level including Carin Bryans, CEO of JP Morgan who is on the Board of the ISPCA, Christine Heffernan, Head of Corporate Affairs at Tesco who has joined the Board of Threshold and Brendan Jennings, CEO of Deloitte who is on the Board of Paralympics Ireland. All of whom have been matched through Boardmatch Ireland.

Donncha O’Callaghan receives Boardmatch Contribution to Society award

Munster rugby star Donncha O’Callaghan received the Boardmatch Contribution to Society award at the 2014 IRUPA award ceremony, which took place on the 7th of May.

Donncha received the award for the significant contribution he has made to society through his work with UNICEF.

Boardmatch have been working with IRUPA since 2012, and since then, have placed a number of leading rugby stars onto the Boards of charities across Ireland including Shane Jennings, Jonny Sexton and Leo Cullen.