1. We are fully committed to the highest possible standards of governance and compliance.
2. The Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind Board of Directors is made up of 12 volunteer directors. Board members do not receive any remuneration for their role, nor do they receive any benefits from engagement with the charity. Should they incur expenses in the course of their duties, they will be reimbursed on a vouched basis in the same way that all employees and volunteers can. In 2018, €4,062 was reimbursed on a vouched basis to Directors through expenses.
3. There are no top ups paid to management/employees of Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind.
4. In 2018, the average salary of our 80 staff members (62 full-time, 18-part-time) was €38,000 per year.
5. Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind is a not for profit company, limited by guarantee and not having a share capital (Company No 55616), with charitable status (CRN: 20009977) and CHY6006 being our Registered Charity Number.
6. Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind is committed to the Charities Institute Ireland Triple Lock standards of good governance, fundraising practice and transparent reporting (see notes 7-9 below).
7. Our financial statements adhere to the Charity Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP FRS 102) which is one of the main pillars of the Triple Lock.
8. Since 2009, our Board of Directors have Implemented comprehensive reviews of the governance codes which have guided our board and management in best practice. It is reviewed and updated annually. We are compliant with the Code of Governance for Community and Voluntary Organisations in Ireland.
9. We are compliant and strive to adhere to the Codes of Fundraising which lays out best practice for dealing with donors, volunteers and fundraising activity and we look forward to adopting the new Governance Code for Charities.
10. Our audited financial statements are published on our website. The 2017 financial statements are currently available. Our 2018 figures will be available once the annual audit by KPMG is finalised, accounts approved by the Board in May 2019 and the members at the June 2019 AGM.
All our services are provided free of charge. In 2018, total expenditure was €5.7m, up from €4.9m in 2017. In 2018, 84% of these costs were covered by voluntary donations and fundraising raised from the Irish public. In 2019, we expect to spend €5m.