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 is signed up to the Charity Regulator’s Fundraising Guidelines. 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 Charity Regulator’s Fundraising Guidelines. The basis for these 'Guidelines' is in the 2008 Statement of Guiding Principles on Charitable Fundraising (the 'Statement'), that was developed by a steering group established in response to the Charities Act 2009 following extensive consultation with industry experts and stakeholders led by the Irish Charities Tax Reform Group (now Charities Institute Ireland).
The Fundraising Guidelines exist 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 Fundraising Guidelines 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.