New code for Irish charities
In March 2011, the Irish Times reported on a new voluntary code for charities in Ireland. Yes, it’s a while ago and has been on my “to do” list for quite a while. Following the enacting of the Charities Act 2009, all Irish charities must submit an annual activity report to the Charities Regulatory Authority. Larger charities also have to complete and file audited accounts. The new proposed code aims to make charities more transparent financially, going beyond the requirements of the Act. The five key elements of the code are:
- charities commit to good practice and ensure fundraising activities are open and legal
- a donor charter will be introduced
- a complaints and feedback procedure
- a monitoring group will monitor code compliance
- an annual report and a statement of annual accounts will be publicly available
The code is voluntary, and according to the article it is hoped that the vast majority of Irish charities will follow the code. This it would seem may be a good option as if the code is not followed the Regulator can legally develop further regulation for charities.