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 2019, €1,782 (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 2019, average pay of our 80 employee (61 Full-time, 19 Part-time) was €33,000 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. The 2018 financial statements are currently available. Our 2019 figures will be available once they are approved by the members at the July 2020 AGM.
All our services are provided free of charge. In 2019, total expenditure was €5.4m…. In 2020, we expect to spend €5m.