The financial affairs of the organisation are managed by the Finance Committee with responsibility to, and in consultation with, the Executive Committee. The Finance Committee is responsible for the audit, budgeting and finances which are all subject to detailed review and are outlined here in the Terms of Reference for the Finance Committee:
Adequate systems of internal control are in place which aim to ensure compliance with laws and policies, ensure efficient and effective use of resources, safeguard assets and maintain the integrity of the financial information produced. IGG’s properties are vested in the Irish Girl Guides Trust Corporation Company Limited by Guarantee, which is represented on our Executive Committee and is registered as a separate charity.
IGG believes it is imperative for all organisations in receipt of public funding to live up to their fiduciary responsibilities in terms of corporate governance. Each Unit, District and Area keeps proper financial records for which they appoint a treasurer who monitors the finances at local level. Regions’ and Committees’ financial records are checked on an annual basis by a suitably experienced person.
IGG’s national income is dependant on a grant from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs administered by Pobal (51%), membership fees (44%) and fundraising through grants, sponsorships and donations (5%). IGG’s national expenditure includes provision of resources to Units, training for Leaders e.g. First Aid or outdoor activities, national and regional events for youth members, development of the programme, travel for volunteers to meetings and activities, financial assistance grants for members in need, along with the costs associated with staff and maintenance of our National Office. An external auditor checks the annual national accounts.
IGG has committed to complying with the Guidelines for Charitable Organisations on Fundraising from the Public by endeavouring to:
- adhere to the core principles of respect, honesty and openness
- demonstrate commitment to donors
- ensure high standards of fundraising practice
- be financially accountable
The full statement of compliance, our Resolution of the Guidelines and our Donor Charter are available here:
We welcome your feedback on our performance in relation to our finances by emailing Irish Girl Guides’ CEO, Lorraine Mackey McHugh, at email@example.com.
If you wish to make a complaint about any aspect of our financial matters, please follow our Complaints Procedure.
Irish Girl Guides strives to ensure effective and efficient use of all funding and resources. In November 2018, we took part in the Dept. of Children and Youth Affairs’ (DCYA) Measurement Conversation Event in Croke Park, Dublin. IGG’s representatives at the event spoke with visitors to the IGG stand about how the organisation monitors and evaluates it’s progress against its strategic plan. The volunteers present also gave an explanation of the value for money IGG presents due to the phenomenal ethos of volunteerism, the hard-working staff and the shared sense of resourcefulness in the organisation.
Below are links to the Poster on Effectiveness and Efficiency posted displayed at the above event and an evaluation report on the utilisation of the grant IGG received from Ulster Bank Skills and Opportunities in 2018/2019. This is an example of how projects are evaluated for effectiveness at their end and the type of reports shared with donors. In this example, financial and narrative reports were sent to the donor every quarter and an end-of-year report compiled. Donors are also recognised in the Annual Overview, Director’s Annual Report and Audited Accounts.