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About the Organisations Involved

The following organisations all came together to develop this Governance Code as a result of their shared aim of improving governance practice across the community, voluntary and charity sector in Ireland. The result of improved governance practice will be better outcomes for the people that organisations in the sector serve. All of the following organisations have a track record in standing for, supporting and promoting high standards of governance in the sector.

Boardmatch Ireland

Boardmatch Ireland supports the development of the community and voluntary sector (the not-for-profit sector) by strengthening boards and management committees. More...
Boardmatch Ireland provides a web-based matching service where people can register their interest in volunteering on not-for-profit boards. These candidates are then matched, based on location, skills and preferred area of interest, to not-for-profit organisations who have also registered their board opportunities. Boardmatch Ireland also provides bespoke supports to boards of not-for-profit organisations through its Training and Executive Search services.

Business in the Community Ireland

Since its inception in 2000, the mission of Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) has been to harness the power of Irish business to maximise its positive impact on all its stakeholders. More...
It is a non-profit organisation specialising in advice and guidance to leading companies on corporate responsibility and corporate community involvement. A business driven network, with major social initiatives, BITCI's membership is drawn from Ireland's most progressive companies. BITCI has the unique expertise to train and develop capacity on corporate responsibility within organisations; to improve their companies' reputation, competitiveness and profitability through communicating their social, environmental and community management impacts.

Carmichael Centre for Voluntary Groups

Carmichael Centre is the first and largest shared services centre for the community and voluntary sector in Ireland. More...
Each year we support 47 resident member charities located within the Centre in Dublin 7, 100's of associate members located throughout Ireland, 1000's of volunteers, boards members, managers and staff who avail of training, information, organisational supports and meeting facilities. Every day, we are committed to delivering services that help to build stronger charities nationwide.

Clann Credo

The Social Investment Fund has a simple goal: to support people and assist in the building of stronger communities. More...
It supports community businesses, voluntary organisations, social enterprises and charities by providing accessible loan finance. If loan finance can help, it wants to put money to work where it can make a real difference. Since its establishment 15 years ago, Clann Credo's mission has been to use finance exclusively for social purposes.


Irish Charities Tax Reform Group (ICTRG) is a membership organisation of charities, focused on creating a policy climate in which philanthropy can thrive - through a combination of taxation and regulatory reform. More...
Since the ICTRG was formed in 1991, we have organised a number of campaigns to optimise tax effective giving, reduce the tax burden on the sector, and ensure regulation is appropriate to the needs of Irish charities.

The Disability Federation of Ireland

The vision of DFI is that Irish society is fully inclusive of people with disabilities and disabling conditions so that they can exercise their full civil, economic, social and human rights and that they are enabled to reach their full potential in life. More...
DFI's mission is to act as an advocate for the full and equal inclusion of people with disabilities and disabling conditions in all aspects of their lives. For further information please visit

Volunteer Ireland

Volunteer Ireland is the national volunteer development agency and a representative body and support agency for all local Volunteer Centres in Ireland. More...
Volunteer Ireland's vision is for an Irish society in which everyone who wants to, has access to meaningful volunteering opportunities and where the contribution of volunteering is valued and recognised as an intrinsic component of active citizenship. Volunteer Ireland work to inspire, promote, support and celebrate voluntary activity in Ireland and abroad.

The Wheel

The Wheel is Ireland's representative and support umbrella group for community, voluntary and charity organisations. More...
We help these organisations get things done; we represent their shared interests to Government and other decision-makers; and, we help to foster a better public understanding of the contribution that the community and voluntary sector makes to Irish life. We are a 'one stop shop' for and about the charity sector in Ireland.

The Corporate Governance Association of Ireland (CGAI)

The CGAI is a professional association of members certified in corporate governance post graduate studies. More...
It provides its members with continuous professional development programmes and other resources to enable them to keep abreast of this continually evolving subject. It seeks to promote best practice in governance across the commercial, public and voluntary sectors by developing Codes of Good Governance in partnership with like-minded organisations as well as providing qualified candidates for board positions.

Sheila Cahill Consulting

Sheila Cahill founded and runs this training and consultancy business based in Limerick, Ireland. More...
She specialises in governance training for boards and management committees and helping organisations to develop their own monitoring and evaluation systems. Sheila has worked for over twenty years in the community and voluntary sector, focusing on organisational capacity building since 1995.

Arthur Cox

Arthur Cox is one of Ireland's leading law firms with over 300 lawyers, including more than 100 partners. More...
It is an "all-island" law firm, with full-service offices in Dublin and Belfast, as well as offices in London and New York. Arthur Cox has a long history of involvement in the community and voluntary sector in general, and with charities in particular. The firm advises on changes to legal structures/re-organisations, the role of trustees/directors and governance issues, applications to the Commissioners of Charitable Donations and Bequests for Ireland, tax advice including applications for tax exemptions all asset types and drafting and negotiating security documentation, the acquisition, disposal and maintenance of property; licence applications and fundraising queries.