Charities urged to plan carefully if raising funds for Ukraine

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The Charities Regulator is reminding the public and registered charities in Galway to consider carefully how they support the people of Ukraine.

Registered charities and individuals are being urged to plan carefully before taking part in or organising initiatives, to ensure their efforts achieve their intended purpose.

Helen Martin, Chief Executive, Charities Regulator said that charities have a serious and significant duty of care and that they must have all required safety and safeguarding procedures in place.

“People across the country, including in Galway, continue to be moved by the plight of the people of Ukraine and understandably want to help in whatever way they can,” she said.

“Donating time or money to an established registered charity is a much more effective way of assisting people at a time of crisis than seeking to set up a charity from scratch.

“We urge the public to support registered charities with a track record of providing the kinds of practical supports and assistance that the Ukrainian people need at this time. They can check simply and quickly whether a specific charity is on the Register of Charities at Charitiesregulator.ie.”

Ms Martin also reminded registered charities that they must think and plan carefully before they undertake any new initiatives including those relating to the conflict in Ukraine.

“Any new activities must align with the charity’s stated charitable purpose and should be well thought through so that charity assets and volunteer efforts are targeted properly and effectively.”

“Where a charity is considering providing aid directly to Ukraine or neighbouring countries, for example, they should link in first with other registered charities already on the ground.

“Additionally they should check with the relevant government departments/agencies prior to undertaking any action so they fully understand all  the procedures that the charity must follow.

“Risk assessments are another fundamental step in the planning process, to ensure the safety and welfare of the charity’s personnel and volunteers, as well as the Ukrainian people they are seeking to help.”