Governance

President Michael D. Higgins gives a special addresses at The Community Foundation for Ireland’s launch of Ireland’s official celebration of 100 years of the Global Community Foundation movement.
President Michael D. Higgins gives a special addresses at The Community Foundation for Ireland’s launch of Ireland’s official celebration of 100 years of the Global Community Foundation movement.

Integrity is a core value for us, in terms of being accountable for what we do and transparent in how we do it, with strong governance for those who entrust their funds to our stewardship. The Community Foundation for Ireland is a company limited by guarantee. The Memorandum and Articles of Association signed on 6 February, 2001 is our founding governance document and provides that the business and affairs of the Company shall be managed by the Board of Directors. Our board are committed to attaining the highest standards of corporate governance. Accordingly, transparency and accountability are constant priorities of the Board, its dedicated Finance, Audit, Investment and Governance Sub Committee and our staff. Our board act in a voluntary capacity and a full list of board members can be found here.

Governance Code

We were one of the first charities in Ireland complying with the Governance Code for community, voluntary and charitable organisations in Ireland. We confirm that a review of our organisation’s compliance with the principles in the Code was conducted and was based on an assessment of our organisational practice in line with the recommended actions for each principle.

  • Principle 1 Leading our organisation
  • Principle 2: Exercising control over our organisation
  • Principle 3: Being transparent and accountable
  • Principle 4: Working effectively
  • Principle 5: Behaving with integrity

We confirm that our organisation is committed to the standards outlined in these principles.

We commit to reviewing our organisational practice in line with the recommended actions for each principle each year.

To view a copy of our signed Governance Code, download here (0.14KB) PDF

Charities Regulatory Authority

The Charities Regulatory Authority (CRA) is Ireland’s national statutory regulatory agency for charitable organisations.

The Community Foundation for Irelands Charities Regulator Number 20044886

Donor Charter and Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising 

We aim to uphold best practice in all areas of its activities. We have a Donor Charter and a Complaints and feedback procedure. Download a PDF Community Foundation Donor Charter 2016

We are committed to working to the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising which was introduced as a voluntary code in 2011 by the charity sector in Ireland. For a copy of the Guiding Principles, download here (PDF 0.2MB).

Articles of Association

To view a copy of our Articles of Association, download here (PDF 0.3MB)

Schedule of Matters reserved for the Board of Foundation for Investing in the Communities (& subsidiaries)

To view a copy of our schedule of Matters reserved for the Board of Foundation for Investing in the Communities (& subsidiaries) download here (PDf 4MB) 

Directors’ Code of Conduct & Directors’ Duties Guidelines 

To view a copy of our Directors’ Code of Conduct & Directors’ Duties Guidelines,  download here (PDF 3.0) 

Board of Directors Duty of Care and Duty of Loyalty

To view a copy of our Board of Directors Duty of Care and Duty of Loyalty,  download here (PDF 2MB)

Procedure for Directors to take independent external advice

To view a copy of our Procedure for Directors to take independent external advice, download here (PDF 2.7MB)

Conflict of Interest Policy

To view a copy of our conflict of interest policy,  download here (PDF 3MB) 

Whistleblower Charter 

To view a copy of our Whistleblower Charter,  download here (PDF 3.5MB)

Finance, Audit, Investment and Governance Committee

To view a copy of our Finance, Audit, Investment and Governance Committee terms of reference, download here (367 KB)

Our Sustainability Report

As part of our ethos, we are dedicated to corporate social responsibility. In conjunction with our sister organisation Business in the Community Ireland, we are committed to reporting on our impacts in the areas of workplace, marketplace, environment, community and much more. Download our 2016 Sustainability Report which was issued in August 2017 or view our video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrIsg-XaRGM&feature=youtu.be

To view a copy of our 2015 Sustainability Report, download here (849 KB)

Strategic Plan 2015- 2017

To view a copy of our strategic plan 2015- 2017, download here.

Salary Information 

The Community Foundation for Ireland and Business in the Community Ireland are wholly owned subsidiaries of Foundation for Investing in Communities. Both companies share certain resources including Human Resource; Administration; Offices and other facilities. The costs of shared resources are allocated across both subsidiaries.

Our CEO’s, who works in both the group companies (The Community Foundation for Ireland and Business in the Community Ireland), total salary and pension entitlement is €115,000 of which €46,000 is allocated to the Community Foundation for Ireland.

Some members of our Senior Management Team work in both the group companies (The Community Foundation for Ireland and Business in the Community Ireland). Their total salary bands, including pension entitlements, range from €40,000 to €74,000 which costs are allocated across both group charities. Our Senior Management Team salaries including pension entitlements range between €7,000 and €58,000 for the Community Foundation for Ireland. Benefits for all staff, including senior management, comprise entitlements to pension contributions, death in service, discretionary income protection and Employee Assistance Programme.