The Governance Code Boot Camp

Training provider: 
The Wheel
Scheduled for: 
Date / time: 
20 Sep 2016 - 6:00pm - 21 Feb 2018 - 1:00pm
Price details: 
Programme cost: €400.00 per organisation (for 2 delegates)
Governance Code Boot Camp

The Governance Code Boot Camp Programme has been devised to help Irish non-profits transition to an era of higher regulation and transparency by putting the right training and resources at their fingertips. 

Application closing date: 
3 Feb 2017
Course details: 

The Wheel's Governance Code Boot Camp Programme has been developed to help Irish non-profits transition to an era of higher regulation and transparency.  

Click here for current Bootcamp schedule.

Structured around a series of relevant workshops and dedicated events and support systems, the 18-months Governance Code Bootcamp programme will equip participants with the motivation, knowledge and skills to tackle the change that the new charity regulation and changed public attitudes towards charities will bring.  

Apply Now - deadline 3 February 2017


The Wheel is now inviting applications from community and voluntary sector organisations to apply for the Governance Code Boot Camp. 
The cost for participating in this unique learning and development opportunity is just €400.00 per organisation for the participation of 2 delegates/ representatives.

This cost includes attendance for 2 of your staff to 4 training workshops, 4 networking and governance code development sessions, access expert advice and mentoring from our expert support staff.

Purchasing each of these workshops and services individually would cost over €500 per a person, and so the Governance Code Boot Camp can save you over €600 overall. 

Please note: due to high levels of demand for this programme, all suitable applicants may not be able to be accommodated on the Spring Governance Code Bootcamp. We will work with qualifying applicants to secure them a place on the The Wheel's next available Governance Code Bootcamp. 


How will the Bootcamp work? 

The Governance Code Bootcamp has been formulated to accompany you through your governance journey. Employing a carefully designed support format, this programme will provide you with all of the following core components:

1. An 18-month programme of inter-sector, intra-charity and corporate expertise and actions

Bootcamp participants will be able to benefit from the experts we will be involving in the delivery of this programme, including charity and corporate leaders with extensive backgrounds and experience in governance and related fields, including:

  • Experienced Insights: Children's Medical & Research Foundation Crumlin (CMRF Crumlin), the host charity taking a leadership role through sharing its learnings to the participating organisations and providing programme supports
  • Mentoring Participants: corporate partners who will be providing input and expertise through workshops and resources, information sessions along with mentoring of participants.

Participants will also be able to avail of convenient access (by email and phone) to The Wheel's in-house governance and charity regulation experts.

Whether you require clarification on any aspect of, for example, registering with the Charity Regulatory Authority or adopting the Governance Code for your organisation, programme participants will be able to rely on The Wheel at every step of your journey.

2. A tightly structured programme of practical training, coordination and facilitation provided by the Wheel.

Forming the nucleus of the programme, the Bootcamp training schedule includes:

  • The Wheel's new Regulation, Resources & Recognition – An Essential 2-Day Workshop for Irish Charities (covering all aspects relating to charity regulation, transparency, income generation and good governance)

  • Specialist governance / regulation training for trustees (evening event)

  • Corporate Fundraising Workshop (how to secure their backing)

  • Income Diversification Workshop (what works and what doesn't when it comes to earning income for your non-profit)

  • Networking sessions (hosted by CMRF Crumlin to facilitate the shared learning and feedback, as well as building new connections with your fellow participants)

  • Impacts and Outcomes Workshop (learning how to measure the societal value your non-profit provides)

  • External expert inputs (from programme partners and guests, all leaders in their fields)

  • Check-in sessions (in which your progress is discussed and issues can be raised).

See the full training schedule below for additional details >

Bootcamp Outcomes

Participant organisations can look forward to:
  • Achieving full compliance with the Governance Code, as well as (where applicable) compliance with the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising and the Statement Of Recommended Practice (SORP).
  • Access to expert governance advice and guidance for all those on the programme.
  • Access to peer support and networking, ongoing motivation and practical supports 
  • Access to expert advice from participating professional companies.
  • Learning and networking opportunities with other organisations in the sector as well as the partner professional bodies via a structured series of:
    • Templates and tools
    • Expert input at structured networking sessions (x 4 in the 18 month period).
Click on the headings below to learn more about the Bootcamp...

What is Governance Code Boot Camp all about?

The charity sector and corporate partners working together to roll out a practical programme to ensure that Ireland’s community work and voluntary activity is  enhanced rather than diminished by increased charity regulation and demands for greater accountability.

What can Governance Code Boot Camp tackle?

  • Negative impact of lack of public trust on Irish charities
  • The administrative challenge of new regulatory requirements
  • The need to demonstrate social impact and organisational effectiveness clearly and powerfully.

How will the Boot Camp tackle the issues?

  • Leadership from within and outside the sector
  • More transparency across the sector
  • Stronger collaborations and cohesion
  • Increased capacity to communicate the successes and capability of Irish charities.

Programme Objectives for Participating Organisations:

At the end of the programme the organisations which have gone through the Boot Camp will be engaging in the highest standards of transparency to the public through:
  • Compliance with The Governance Code and Fundraising Principles
  • Using the Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) for charities audit standard.
Organisations will be confidently engaged with the Charities Regulatory Authority, The Standards In Public Office Commission and all applicable regulatory frameworks.  
The organisations are joined together by peer to peer solidarity across the sector as we demonstrate CV sector-citizenship’ in action.
The Wheel Governance Code Bootcamp training schedule will comprise a structured framework for each cluster to progress through over its meetings. These are training sessions, resources and a full mentoring service from The Wheel.  This will be augmented by a series of networking sessions.

Available Dates

Learning Opportunities

16 February 2017

Start Up / Orientation

Establishing the Peer Network

Host Organisation & The Wheel

7 & 8 February



9 & 10 May


23 & 24 May


28 & 29 November

Governance & Charity Regulation –
a 2-day Survival Guide

Incorporating: Compliance & Regulation;
Governance & The Code

25 January, Dublin

18 October, Dublin


27 September, Dublin 


22 February, Limerick

1 November, Dublin


1 March, Dublin

22 March, Galway



4 May, Dublin



Corporate Fundraising

Engaging Businesses to Boost Your Income


Implementing SORP for Charities





Achieving Fundraising Sustainability

(Income Diversification)



Achieving Fundraising Sustainability

Income Diversification



Finding & Keeping Major Donors



Charity Trustees: Board Roles and Responsibilities

Training for Trustees

30 March

Networking session 1

Governance Code Check In

Sector Supporter & The Wheel

5 April, Dublin

14 November, Dublin

Measuring Impact

8 June

Networking session 2

Governance Code Check In

5 December

Networking session 3


Governance Code Check In

  • Networking Session 3, 4 will take place in 2018
  • The training events listed are The Wheel’s core governance training calendar and will be available in 2018 also.                

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