Online Seminars on The Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising

Irish Charity Tax Refrom (ICTR) has announced that it will be launching a series of free, online educational seminars for the charity sector throughout 2010. The aim of these seminars is to highlight the contents of The Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising.

As you may know, the Fundraising Principles are a set of overarching principles and guidelines for fundraising in Ireland, applying to charities that fundraise from the public. They were established in 2008 following a feasibility study that explored how the operational aspects of charitable fundraising could be regulated through Codes of Practice in Ireland. 

ICTR's objective with this series is to inform the sector about the contents of these Fundraising Principles and how they are best applied within an organisation.

ICTR, a membership organisation of Irish charities, has been commissioned by the Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs (DCEGA) to implement the Fundraising Principles, which seek to help charities apply the highest possible standards. Key objectives include setting out formalised accountability structures and presenting opportunities to build capacity within individual charities and in the wider charities fundraising sector.

Over the next 12 months, ICTR will reach out to more than 2,000 fundraising organisations in Ireland with charitable tax exemption status through a series of free, online webinars, targeting the 75-80 larger charities from June to August 2010. It will then commence a second and third phase that will target 400 mid-sized and 1,520 smaller charities respectively.

ICTR's objective with this series is to inform the sector about the contents of these Fundraising Principles and how they are best applied within an organisation. It will be inviting individuals employed in the charity sector, particularly CEO’s, CFO’s and those who are responsible for fundraising to participate in this series and to take a leadership role in applying the Fundraising Principles within their organization.

By Autumn 2010, an Independent Monitoring Group will be established to pro-actively monitor the usage and adherence to the Fundraising Principles and to deal with complaints made by members of the public. Therefore, ICTR encourage you to participate and take the first step in learning how to put appropriate systems in place within your organisation that will ensure strong ethical practices and standards.

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Final details of when the online seminars will take place have not yet been announced. Please contact ICTR directly for further information or keep an eye on their website: http://www.charitytaxreform.com.