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Are Our Governance and Legal Models for Large Charities Fit for Purpose?

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Recent public controversies over three of Ireland’s largest charities – National Maternity Hospital, St Vincent’s Healthcare Group and St John of God Community Service has generated a lot of debate and questions over the ownership, control, accountability, independence, ethos and values of these organisations. Many of these important questions are still being played out.

 

Having a robust public discussion about the governance structures and arrangements is healthy and beneficial, even if at times, the debate gets caught up in sensational headlines and ill-informed and inaccurate comment and opinion masquerading as fact.

 

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When to call it a day: Stepping down from the board of a community, voluntary or charitable organisation

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In Carmichael Centre we work with and support the boards of many different community organisations: large, small, rural and urban. Sometimes boards or individual trustees ask us for advice on when is the best time to step down. This would seem like a straightforward question. Our straightforward answer in the first instance is to check your governing document to see if there is any reference to how long a trustee can serve on the board (the most common practice is three years). This should also include guidance on how trustees can be reappointed after their term of office ends. In answering this question, we are conscious that the context if not always straightforward. There may be a number of issues behind the scenes. Below are a few scenarios based on...

Seven signs that show your Board is in need of a Spring clean

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This weekend I finally got round to spending some time in my garden digging, weeding, cleaning up and generally getting the garden ready for new growth. We are already into April and it was long overdue work.  It is a task I kept putting off. But I know that for a little work now, the garden will reap the benefits throughout the year.

Likewise with our Boards, regular spring cleans will do wonders for its effectiveness. The following seven signs will help you decide if your Board is in need of some weeding, cleaning up and fertilising.    

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Do we need to clear some deadwood?

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