Non-profit organisations encouraged to apply to Good Governance Awards

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Non-profit organisations in Galway are being invited to apply for the Good Governance Awards 2021.

Now in their sixth year, Carmichael’s Good Governance Awards recognise and encourage Irish non-profit organisations to adhere to responsible governance.

2020 saw the largest number of applications for the Awards, with 100 non-profit organisations applying. 

Commenting today Diarmaid Ó Corrbuí, CEO of Carmichael, said that they are looking forward to receiving more entries from organisations in Galway this year.

“Each year the Awards showcase the excellent work carried out by non-profit organisations to implement effective and transparent corporate governance policies,” he said.

“Strong governance is essential in maintaining public trust and support for the vital work non-profit organisations do.

“Public trust in the sector in recent years has been damaged by a number of high-profile cases of bad governance. These cases are unacceptable and not the norm in our sector.”

Mr Ó Corrbuí said that throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, his sector has been at the forefront in supporting some of the most vulnerable and marginalised communities in our society.

“Non-profit organisations have provided essential services such as food parcels, supports for the elderly and online learning for children,” he added.

“Strong governance is now more important than ever in ensuring non-profit organisations are operating effectively.”

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, performance and impact and financial information.

Last year’s awardees were: Concern, Laura Lynn, BeLong To, Children’s Rights Alliance, Sharing Point and Serve the City

How to Enter

Details on the entry criteria and categories, the judging panel, guidance on how to enter and other resources such as annual report templates are available at:  www.goodgovernanceawards.ie .