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A Blog - ‘Stronger Charities for a Stronger Society’

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In March of this year, the House of Lords in the UK published the Report ‘Stronger Charities for a Stronger Society’ following consideration of issues relating to sustaining the charity sector in the UK and the challenges of charity governance by the Select Committee on Charities.

The Report makes for very interesting reading and throughout its nearly 160 pages there is constant acknowledgement of the fundamental role charities play in civic life. We are reminded that charities are often in the front line of support for the most vulnerable people in society and are therefore in the best place to assess their needs. Charities not only provide, they inspire and innovate, and through their advocacy help shape laws,...

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for Community, Voluntary and Charitable Organisations

carmichael The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is due to come into effect on 25th May 2018. It will provide a modernised, accountability-based compliance framework for data protection all over Europe. Below are some points to consider in advance: Organisations must understand if they are a Controller or Processor: A data controller controls and is responsible for the keeping and use of personal information on computer, online or in structured manual files. If, on the other hand, you hold personal data, but some other organisation decides and is responsible for what happens to the data, then that other organisation is the data controller, and your organisation is a data processor. Examples of data processors include payroll companies, accountants and market research companies, all of...

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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