PRESS RELEASE: Carmichael announces the winners of the Good Governance Awards 2023
Released: Thursday November 16th 2023
Published by Leave No Trace Ireland: November 28th 2023
Strong governance and transparency in the nonprofit sector is more important than ever – Carmichael
Strong governance, accountability and transparency in the nonprofit sector is more important than ever for maintaining public trust and is essential for the sustainability of the nonprofit sector. That’s according to Carmichael, who announced the Good Governance Awards winners 2023 yesterday (16.11.23).
The Good Governance Awards recognise and encourage adherence to responsible governance by nonprofit organisations in Ireland. Awards are made based on the quality of an organisation’s annual report and financial statements.
Commenting yesterday (16.11.23), Diarmaid Ó Corrbuí, CEO of Carmichael, said: “We are delighted to announce the winners for the Good Governance Awards 2023. Each year the Awards showcase the incredible work carried out by nonprofit organisations in Ireland to implement effective and transparent corporate governance policies.
“The awards are now in their 8th year and I am delighted to say it is going from strength to strength. We had 134 nonprofits entering the awards from across the country and overall we are seeing the standard increasing.”
“Charities and nonprofit organisations are very dependent on public trust and support for their sustainability and survival. In recent years, a number of high-profile cases of poor governance have damaged public trust. These cases are unacceptable and are not the norm in our sector. The annual report provides a real opportunity for nonprofits to tell their story and showcase their commitment to transparency by outlining its performance, governance, culture and financials. An annual report can help to reinforce trust and strengthen relationships with stakeholders and build relationships with the public, potential donors, volunteers and supporters.”
As part of the judging process for the awards, annual reports of applicants are assessed by panels of governance and accountancy experts under the following criteria: transparency, governance, impact and financial information.
Mr. Ó Corrbuí added, “The Good Governance Awards raise the quality of corporate governance in the nonprofit sector by encouraging higher standards of good practice. Expert feedback is provided to all entrants on how to improve the quality of their annual reports. This helps to ensure our sector is meeting best practice and constantly reforming.”
The awards are open to any Irish nonprofit organisation. This can include charities, social enterprises, unincorporated groups, sports organisations and companies limited guarantee. We welcome applications from all areas – from local sports clubs and community groups to social & health service providers and arts organisations.”
There are seven categories for the awards based on the annual turnover of the organisation:
- Category 1 Winner: NiteLine
For organisations with an annual turnover of less than €100,000
- Category 2 Winner: Kilkenny Volunteer Centre
For organisations with an annual turnover of between €100,000 and €250,000
- Category 3 Winner: Spraoi Agus Sport
For organisations with an annual turnover of over €250,000 and under €750,000
- Category 4: Leave No Trace Ireland
For organisations with an annual turnover of over €750,000 and under €2.5 million
- Category 5: Barretstown
For organisations with an annual turnover of over €2.5 million and under €10 million
- Category 6: Jigsaw
For organisations with an annual turnover of over €10 million and under €50 million
- Category 7: Trocaire
For organisations with an annual turnover of over €50 million
Details on the entry criteria and categories; the judging panel; and other resources such as annual report templates are available at: www.goodgovernanceawards.ie
Contact: Róisín McGuigan, Email: [email protected]
Notes to Editors
Carmichael is a leading specialist training and support body for nonprofits in Ireland. With over 30 years’ experience based on a foundation of 44 resident nonprofit organisations, they provide expert guidance to nonprofits to support them to become more effective and impactful at what they do.