Information Sessions on Governance: The Advantages

Information Sessions on Governance: The Advantages
Last week, we published details of forthcoming information sessions on governance. These sessions are primarily intended to assist members with voluntary Boards of Management, to enable Board members to enhance their understanding of governance.
 
The first information session takes place next Tuesday April 24th at Early Childhood Ireland’s offices in Hainault House, Tallaght, from 7 to 9:30pm. We would encourage managers of community services to attend along with a couple of Board members of the service.
 
Some advantages of adopting the Governance Code are:
  • The Code provides Boards with the tools to oversee the achievement of strategic objectives within a self-nurtured, ethical culture. The focus is not on rules and regulatory compliance. Rather, there is an emphasis on principles which enable the Board to do the right thing and in the right way.
  • Community, voluntary, and charitable organisations are only as strong as their reputations. They rely on public support and trust in the causes they represent. A clear statement on your communications materials (e.g. newsletters, website, fundraising appeals, etc.) that you adhere to the Governance Code will substantially boost your status and credibility.

 

In addition, the Code:

  • Provides reassurance to funders that grants are being managed by a well-run organisation.
  • Increases transparency.
  • Helps to avoid serious risks.
  • Helps the organisation to achieve its goals faster.
 
Since its original launch in 2012, the Code has:
  • Become the standard definition of good governance practice for the sector in Ireland.
  • Informed the standards now required by funders and other key stakeholders.
  • As of early 2017, the Code has been adopted by over 1,500 organisations in the sector.

Governance code information sessions are being delivered in locations in Dublin (north and south), Wexford, Cork, and Galway over the coming weeks. The sessions cost €10 per person for Early Childhood Ireland members and €30 per person for non-members. For a full list of dates and locations and to book, please click here.

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