Governance & Charity Regulation - a 2-day Survival Guide: Dublin - 23 & 24 May 2017

Training provider: 
The Wheel
Date / time: 
23 May 2017 - 9:15am - 24 May 2017 - 3:30pm
The Carmelite Community Centre, 56 Aungier Street, Dublin 2
Price details: 
Full 2-day programme - 85 Euro for Members of The Wheel / 130 Euro Non-members. More options below.

An intensive 2-day training opportunity for Irish charities determined to excel in good governance, income diversification, complying with charity regulation and understanding the requirements of transparency at all times.

It is possible to attend each session individually or the full 2-day programme (click here to see registration detail below).

Select from the price options at the bottom of page and click 'Add to Cart'.

Course details: 
These are difficult days for Irish charities. With increased scrutiny of the way in which we govern ourselves, the onus is now clearly on us to ensure that we are all adhering to existing charity regulation and the highest possible standards of good governance and transparency.
This intensive 2-day practical workshop has been carefully developed to address these precise needs with: 
  • A clear and achievable pathway towards successful compliance with all facets of charity regulation (including an entire day given over to good governance); 
  • A thorough understanding of income diversification and how to make services financially sustainable;
  • How to adhere to best practice in terms of transparency, as well demonstrating impacts and outcomes.
The workshop (an updated delivery of our Ready for Regulation 2-day workshop) will be split into 2 days as outlined below: 

DAY 1 – Governance from the Ground Up (Regulation)

The second day of the workshop will be devoted entirely to the theme of good governance and is divided into:

Session 1: Intro to Governance

The morning will commence with a thorough introduction to governance – what it is, why it matters and what practicalities you must consider in order to ensure that your organisation is ready to being a journey to good governance.
The session will also introduce the updated and revised Governance Code for Community, Voluntary and Charitable Organisations. Beginning with an outline of the structure of the Code, you’ll be provided with ample food for thought as we break for lunch.

Session 2: Governance Code In-depth

The remainder of the day will be given over to the practical ‘nuts and bolts’ of applying the Governance Code, beginning with a walk-through of the Code itself. You’ll also gain a thorough understanding of the 5 Principles of the Code, how to go about the process of beginning your journey towards compliance and also how the Code fits into the overall context of charity regulation in Ireland.  

Day 2 – Regulation. Resources. Recognition.

Session 1: Regulation

The day will begin with a detailed overview of existing Charity Regulatory Frameworks - namely The Charities Act 2009, The Lobbying Act 2015 and The Companies Act 2014.
You’ll be learning about the compliance requirements that are expected of your charity, including the registration process for the Charities Regulatory Authority and the potential relevance of the Lobbying Act 2015 to your activities. 

Session 2: Resources

You cannot deliver your mission in the community unless you can make your organisation financially sustainable. 
This session will be covering the key components necessary to build a financially sustainable organisation, including: 
  • Sourcing grants 
  • Generating earned income
  • Securing contracts. 

Session 3: Recognition

The third session of the day will focus on recognition. Irish charities are doing a great job and it’s imperative that we communicate this properly:
  • Impacts and Outcomes: understanding outcomes-based work and how to measure your impact and demonstrate your effectiveness.
  • Transparency: learn about the practical steps you can take (e.g. publishing your accounts online) to ensure your non-profit is operating with maximum transparency.
  • Communications Tools: we’ll wrap up the day with some practical pointers towards resources, tools and applications that you can employ – often for free – to help your organisation communicate the important work that you do in the communiity. 

Trainer: Ivan Cooper (Director of Advocacy, The Wheel)

Ivan Cooper

Ivan is charged with progressing The Wheel's policy positions on cross-cutting issues affecting the community and voluntary sector, e.g. charity regulation, strengthening the sector, active-citizenship, standards and supports amongst others.

He oversees the research programme which The Wheel conducts about the profile and scope of the community and voluntary sector in Ireland and he represents The Wheel on a range of fora, national and international.

Hugh O'Reilly (Director of Business Development, The Wheel)
As Director of Business Development Hugh is responsible for directing, leading and supporting work areas on behalf of The Wheel and its members. The primary focus is to drive and implement a strategic and operational funding plan that meets income targets for The Wheel and funds programmes and services that support the sector.  
Hugh has over ten years in management and business development roles in Construction, Education, Arts, Fundraising Consultancy and Community & Voluntary organisations. Hugh has a Certificate in Fundraising, a BA in Design and an MA in Public & Political Communication.
Gert Ackermann (Communications Coordinator, The Wheel)
Gert joined The Wheel as Communications Officer in March 2008. 

Originally from South Africa, he studied Political Science and Journalism before cutting his teeth in the world of journalism, talk radio and book publishing. Gert is 
responsible for The Wheel's communications strategy and publications and was editor of the sector magazine, Le Chéile (now replaced by Be The Change magazine).
He is passionate about digital communications and the transformative power of the web. Gert played a key role in the development of Better Together, a national campaign that helps charities to connect with the public through social media.

A number of bursaries are available for attendance of this 2-day training event. Please contact Jayne Tennyson for further details:

Feedback from Previous Participants of this Workshop:

"Taking the time - 2 days to explore the topics in depth was truly valuable. The materials provided, together with the promise of Power Point slides add significantly to the learning experience. The participants at such an event are always a valuable resource.  A really valuable workshop, thank you." - Liz Murphy, Pieta House

"The understanding I gained in this training are valuable to our company strategy and planning. Coming to this training at a time we are strategizing for the year ahead is spot on. I think all not for profit organisation should be made to attend this training." - J. Eniola, The Compassion Centre Ireland

"I was particularly interested in the provisions of the Charities Act 2009 as they will impact on my role and I feel the session gave me plenty of the information I sought plus a route through which to enhance my understanding." - E. Matthews, Royal National Lifeboat Institution

"The course was a perfect introduction to regulation, governance and reporting in the sector. Ivan is a great facilitator. His energy, expertise and enthusiasm transforms what could be just a training course into a very positive experience." - A. Farrell, Transparency International Ireland

"An excellent initiation into the mindset needed in the new Regulatory regime . Ivan's sessions were lively and questioning - brilliantly done, moved everyone to higher level of understanding." - W. Hammond, Edmund Rice International

"I found Ivan to be an excellent teacher, he made all tasks seem easy. I gained a very good understanding of all areas after the 2 day course." - C. Owens, Rutland Centre Ltd

The Governance Code

The new Code of Practice for Good Governance of Community, Voluntary and Charitable (CVC) Organisations in Ireland.

This Code has been developed by the sector and for the sector, with the express purpose of enabling CVC organisations to achieve the highest standards of governance in the running of their organisations.

Seeking Further Assistance with The Governance Code?

The Wheel provides tailored training solutions to community, voluntary and charitable organisations in the areas of: Corporate & Financial Governance; Strategic Planning; Income Diversification & Fundraising; Risk Management; and Communications.

Click here to learn more.

This Programme is brought to you by:

National Development PlanThe Department of Education and Skills
Who Should Attend: 

Anyone working in, or on, the governing body of a community and voluntary organisation with responsibility for ensuring that good governance is an integral part of their (and any) successful organisation e.g. a management committee, a board of directors.

How to Register: 

Registration on the day from 9.15am.

To book this course select from the options at bottom of page and click 'Add to Cart'.

If you have any problems accessing the venue, please phone The Wheel main office on 01-4548727.

Note: lunch will be provided to all attendees, along with tea / coffee breaks that will provide ample opportunity to network and connect with your fellow attendees from across the sector.

Course contact details

01 454 8727


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