You and Your Organisation

Ensuring Human Resources are Managed

Governing bodies should ensure there are open channels of communication with employees and volunteers and consult them on issues of importance...

Duty of care

Holding Effective Meetings

Governing bodies should ensure there are ways for confidential matters to be recorded, and minutes to be filed securely...

The vast majority of a governing body's work is carried out through meetings of one kind or another.

Planning

Holding an 'away day' led by an external facilitator can be an effective means of kick-starting the planning process...

Planning is vital as it prevents wasted resources, haphazard developments and conflict. Planning is one of the main contributions a governing body will make to organisational success.

Renewal

It is very helpful to adopt a long-term view of the skills, experience and commitment necessary...

The assumption that you can sit a group of people around a table and they will then automatically become a highly effective governing body is disappearing.

Incorporated Bodies

It is a legal requirement for a Company Limited by Guarantee to use ‘CLG' after its name in all its business letters, notices, other official publications, cheques, invoices and receipts.

Company limited by guarantee

For charities, community and voluntary groups wishing to incorporate, the most commonly used structure is as a Company Limited by Guarantee (CLG). 

Choosing the Right Structure

Legal Status

The process of ‘incorporation’ confers a separate legal status on a group, which means the liability of the individuals is limited and the group can commit legal undertakings, such as entering into contracts.

The process of ‘incorporation’ confers a separate legal status on a group, which means the liability of the individuals is limited and the group can commit legal undertakings, such as entering into contracts.

Irish law gives adults ‘legal status’; it recognises individuals in the legal system and offers them a certain amount of legal protection.

Forming Your Charity

Do you know the legal vehicles available to charities and the features and benefits of each?

Setting Up a Bank Account

There is nothing that says who should or shouldn’t be named as either the name on the bank account or one of the signatories.

There are no rules as to what the bank account should be named for a charity, it’s up to you in discussion with the bank officials.

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