Char­i­ties urged to in­stil good gov­er­nance

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Business & Appointments - - FRONT PAGE - Michael Cog­ley

IR­ISH char­i­ties have been urged to em­u­late the pro­fes­sion­al­ism of pri­vate com­pa­nies af­ter new re­search iden­ti­fied good gov­er­nance as the most im­por­tant cri­te­ria that needed to be met.

More than 40pc of Ir­ish peo­ple that have do­nated in the last six months said good gov­er­nance was more im­por­tant than a per­sonal link to the or­gan­i­sa­tion, ac­cord­ing to a study by Amarach Re­search on be­half of the Char­i­ties In­sti­tute Ire­land (CII).

A third of re­spon­dents were un­aware that char­i­ties re­quired trustees to op­er­ate while 60pc were un­aware of the role played by a trustee. CII chief ex­ec­u­tive Lucy Master­son said: “Hav­ing good gov­er­nance, rep­utable trustees and good man­age­ment is a key fac­tor for donors. It scored the high­est at­tribute that donors look for when choos­ing a char­ity.”

The study was con­ducted ahead of the visit of best-sell­ing au­thor Dan Palotta, who will speak at the in­sti­tutes’s ‘Bolder Board’ event in the Man­sion House to­mor­row.

Palotta has writ­ten at length around non-profit busi­ness prac­tice and how it can ob­struct or­gan­i­sa­tions from reach­ing their po­ten­tial.

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