Regulating Charities

21/07/2013 at 9:16 pm 3 comments

  1. Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has announced that the Charities Regulatory Authority will come into operation in 2014.
  2. The news was well received by the Irish charity / not-for-profit sector. Some short statements:
  3. And a longer, reflective piece in the Irish Times:
  4. And, finally, some tips and suggested questions to ask any charity:
And some reactions to the articles on Twitter:
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  • 1. R Storey  |  17/01/2014 at 6:48 pm

    At last we have the urgency of charity regulation forced onto government by the strengh of PAC & public opinion following the latest CRC scandal.
    Depends now on whether or not the regulator will be properly resourced with relevant competence and independence.
    To say that charities welcome this is to put a spin on the reluctance of charities to themselves provide necessary transparency and accountability. Charities have been forced to welcome regulation and control because of loss of support and for no other reason.

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    • 2. Hans Zomer  |  19/01/2014 at 9:33 pm

      Not sure what you base that on, Rob. Dóchas has lobbied for a Charity Regulator as far back as 1999, and we prompted a Seanad debate last year, when the Minister had indicated that implementation of the Charities Act was not one of his priorities. Don’t assume all charities are the same! There are definitely many charities that are not as transparent as they should be, but that’s because there’s no law telling them to. But all Dóchas members have voluntarily agreed to abide by our guidelines for governance, transparency and financial reporting.

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  • 3. R Storey  |  21/01/2014 at 12:09 pm

    I don’t assume all charities are the same but check out published annual reports and while you will see variations in quality, you will not find the details necessary to know if spending represents value for money.
    Dóchas members agreed to abide by your guidelines but you know very well that there are varied levels of compliance.
    To give the Dóchas blanket endorsesment of all member charities as ‘abiding’ is misleading and unhelpfull to the general public.
    To suggest that charities were not transparent because the law did not reguire such accountability is a cop-out for Dóchas and its members.
    To move on from this Dóchas needs to be more sympathetic to public demands for independent non-political regulation and less concerned with defending the sector from valid critisism.

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