The Wheel and Transparency

2017 in Review2017 was a milestone year for The Wheel, Ireland's national association of community and voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises. It marked the first year of our ambitious strategy, Stronger Charities, Stronger Communities (2017 - 2020).
The scope, reach and impact of our work grew significantly in 2017. We launched a range of new initiatives and services that expanded the scope of our work at the grassroots, nation and European level. Our membership has grown for fourteen years running, and in 2017 surpassed the 1,300 mark, strengthening our position as the largest representative body for the sector.
This webpage provides a snapshot of some of our work and key achievements in 2017. A full impact report report can be downloaded here, as part of our Director's Report for 2017.
You can also download this infographic of much of the information contained below.
We hope that you will join us in 2018 as we continue to work towards our vision of a thriving community and voluntary sector at the heart of a fair and just society.
The Wheel

If you have any additional questions or feedback about any of the information presented below, please email us at: or phone: (01) 454 8727. 
Please click on any of the expandable headings below to learn more (or go directly to our Audited Accounts and Reviews section or see our Funders Information page for additional information).

Impact & Membership

Milestone for the Year

Events & Training in 2017

2017 in Numbers

Finances in 2017

Charity Impact Awards

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In 2017, Rotha (trading as The Wheel) had an income of €1,527,950 and spent €1,491,222 on services for its members and supporting their needs and those of the sector.

The major elements of expenditure in 2017 were on staffing costs related to: member- services, training information provision, research and advocacy; and secondly, on the implementation of the National Training Fund co-funded ‘Sector Skills’ programme of specific training and supports.
Financial performance and income diversification
In 2017 both statutory and income from other public sources (EU) performed strongly as did earned income from membership, training delivery and other projects.
The main difference between income for 2017 of €1.527m and income in 2016 of €1.423m is the Carnegie (UK) Trust funded project which contributed additional income of approximately €40,000 in 2017, increases in membership income of approximately €20,000 and a general increase in earned income from training events.

Income Resources

Advocacy & Policy: €208,092
Training: €545,504
Information & Supports: €381,865
Membership: €221,402
Donations & Sponsorship: €171,087
Total expenditure: €1,491,222
The major elements of expenditure in 2017 were on staffing costs related to: member-services, training information provision, research and advocacy; and secondly, on the implementation of the National Training Fund co-funded 'Sector Skills' programme of specific training and supports.


Number of employees: 18
Senior management compromised of the CEO, Director of Public Policy, Director of Programmes, Director of Business Development and Director of Finance.
Number of higher paid employees are as follows:
  • €60,000 - €70,000: 3
  • €70,000 - €80,000: 1
  • €80,000 - €90,000: 1
The Chief Executive Office was the highest earning employee. The CEO's remuneration package comprises of a gross salary and benefit in kind of €88,212 and employer's pension contribution of €5,166 totalling €93,378 in 2017.

Further Detail


Our Structure

The Wheel has a staff team based in an office in Dublin, and headed by a Chief Executive Officer who reports directly to the board through the Chairperson. A management team of four reports to the Chief Executive and all other staff report to members of the management team.

Meet The Wheel's full team here >>

Decisions reserved for the board to make include:
  • The Company’s strategic plans and annual operating budgets;
  • Projects outside the scope of the strategic plan;
  • Business acquisitions and disposals;
  • Litigation;
  • Appointment/Removal of Subgroup Chairs and Members;
  • Appointment/Removal of Chief Executive Officer;
  • Appointment/ Removal of Auditors;
  • Approval of Borrowing/Finance Facilities;
  • Approval of Contracts with term exceeding one year or financial liability on The Wheel exceeding €60k;
  • Annual Review of Risk and Internal Control; and
  • Approval of new staff positions; and
  • Approval of changes to membership categories or rates.
Click here to access The Wheel's 2017 Director's Report for more information.


Feedback to the Board

The Wheel is eager to strengthen and develop channels of accountability between our members and the Board. To that end, we have a special Membership-Board Accountability Policy, which includes the following provisions:

  1. The Board will formally report to members twice a year about progress being made in implementing The Wheel's 'Being the Change' strategy.
  2. Members will be invited to provide their feedback directly to the Board (via a dedicated email address: and at our member forums across the country).
  3. Feedback and comments received by the board will be recorded and reviewed annually by the board.

Download the full policy document here (PDF).

The Governance Code 

The Wheel has fulfilled all the recommended guideline actions for compliance for a Type C organisation as defined by the Governance Code for Community, Voluntary and Charitable Organisations (

We renewed our compliance in 2017 and this is updated on the Governance Code website: - where we are listed as a fully compliant organisation.

The Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising

During 2015 The Wheel became fully compliant with the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising.  Learn more about the Statement of Guiding Principles here.

In 2017 the Charities Regulator published its guidance on fundraising for charities and we are committed to reviewing our fundraising activities on an annual basis to ensure we follow this guidance from the Charities Regulator.

The Importance of Collaboration

The Wheel's strategy, Stronger Charities, Stronger Communities (2017 - 2020), demonstrates how much we value collaborative working in the Irish community and voluntary, charity and social enterprise sector.

We value collaborative working as a way of increasing the value and impact of our work and strengthening our sector.

Collaboration in Action

In 2017 we collaborated with a wide range of partners to influence policy and deliver programmes and services. Key amongst these were our wide range of national and EU-funded programmes, and our various engagements with the Charities Regulator.                                    

In addition to the snapshot above, there's a full list of our 2017 collaborations here.

Privacy Policy

TThe Wheel initiated and completed a comprehensive review of our communications channels in 2017, for the purpose of ensuring our adherence to the forthcoming GDPR legislation, as well as to assist our members in preparing for the same.

The Wheel is involved in a great amount of communication with various stakeholders from across the Irish community and voluntary sector, as well as the wider society. The purpose of our privacy policy in that regard is to be as open and transparent as we possibly can be about the types of information we collect and what we do with it. Our privacy policy has been revised and updated in accordance with GDPR requirements. 

Read our Privacy Policy here.

Complaints Policy

The Wheel has a vigorous complaints policy, put in place for the purpose of upholding the standards and quality of the interaction of all representatives of The Wheel with our members, the general public and other stakeholders. 

We have designed our complaints policy to be as straightforward and efficient as possible, to ensure that any individual or organisation who may see fit to lodge a formal complaint that The Wheel takes their feedback and input seriously and in the spirit of full openness.

You can read our Complaints Policy here.