How is ARC funded?
ARC Cancer Support Centres rely on the generosity of the public, private, charity and corporate benefactors and grants accquired annually for the majority of the funding required annually to operate the array of psycho-social services. Support from the Health Service Executive Northern Area makes up the remainder.
Where does the money go?
The work of ARC has long been recognised by medical and health professionals as a key component in the support of patients and their families. Demand for ARC's services is growing. To meet these increasing demands, ARC is very conscious of the need to spend funds wisely and of achieving value for money at all times.
ARC relies hugely on volunteers to provide many of its services such as helping to manage the drop-in centres and providing pro-bono therapies and services. Funds raised go towards employing the core team of therapists and staff as well as to meet the costs associated with running ARC's three centres and offsite services. In addition, administrative, supervision and training supports are provided to our volunteer network to support them in delivering top quality services to clients. We simply could not provide the level of services that we do without our wonderful, committed volunteers.
What corporate governance does ARC have in place?
ARC Cancer Support Centres is a registered charitable organisation (charity number CHY 10857 assigned by the Revenue Commissioners and Charity Registration Number 20028428 assigned by the Charities Regulatory Authority) and a company limited by guarantee with a voluntary Board of Directors, none of whom receive any fees or expenses for their work or time. Its registered address is 65 Eccles Street, Dublin 7.
Responsibility for the day-to-day management is delegated by the Board to the CEO who is supported by the staff and volunteers. ARC believes that trust and public confidence is vital in ensuring that we can continue to carry out our mission to support people affected by cancer. We are committed to making every effort to ensure that our activities are open and transparent and that donations and grants are spent in the most effective way possible.
Accordingly, ARC is registered with the Charities Regulator which oversees the Charities Governance Code, has developed a Donor Charter, and isa signatory to the ICTR Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising. Our accounts are independently audited annually by Somers, Murphy & Earl Limited.
Commitment to standards in fundraising practice
ARC Cancer Support Centres are fully committed to achieving the standards contained within the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising set out by the Irish Charities Tax Reform Group (ICTR) which is now the Charities Institute Ireland.
The statement exists to:
- Improve fundraising practice
- Promote high levels of accountability and transparency by organisations fundraising from the public
- Provide clarity and assurances to donors and prospective donors about the organisations that they support.
ARC has considered the Statement and believe it meets the standards set out.
Our pledge is to treat everyone with respect, honesty and openness. We commit to being accountable and transparent so that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in ARC.
We commit to our donors and prospective donors to:
- Use donations for the purposes for which they are given
- Provide appropriate acknowledgement and recognition
- Be professional in our relationships and dealings
- Advise whether those seeking donations on our behalf are volunteers, employees of the organisation or hired third-party agents
- Make procedures easily available for making and responding to complaints
- Delete personal details from mailing lists and to inform donors if the organisation intends to share mailing lists with third-parties
ARC is open about whether those seeking donations on its behalf are volunteers or employees of the organisation.
Anyone fundraising on behalf of ARC must ensure that prospective donors are aware of their status, i.e. volunteers.
A letter of authorization is given to volunteers fundraising on our behalf and staff will provide their details if requested.
Public compliance statement
- ARC Cancer Support Centres is committed to complying with the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising and has formally discussed and adopted the Statement at a meeting of its Board of Directors.
- ARC Cancer Support Centres confirms its commitment to the principles set out in the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising by a statement to that effect in its annual report.
- ARC Cancer Support Centres has a Donor Charter which is consistent with the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising.
- ARC Cancer Support Centres regularly monitors compliance with the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising and compliance reports are received regularly by its Board of Directors.
- ARC Cancer Support Centres considers the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising when planning all fundraising activity.
- ARC Cancer Support Centres provides honest, open and transparent disclosure when fundraising from the public.
- ARC Cancer Support Centres has appointed a senior member of staff to be responsible for compliance with the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising.
- ARC Cancer Support Centres ensures that fundraising staff and volunteers are provided with relevant information and support for implementation of the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising.
- ARC Cancer Support Centres has a feedback and complaints procedure consistent with the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising. Feedback is responded to promptly and appropriately.
- ARC Cancer Support Centres prepares financial reports consistent with the requirements of the Charities Act 2009 which includes a statement concerning the extent to which control of the organisation is independent of its funding sources.
- ARC Cancer Support Centres ensures that all donations are tracked and recorded and complies with data protection requirements.
- ARC Cancer Support Centres is accessible to the public through a number of readily-available contact options.