Governance

STRUCTURE, GOVERNANCE AND MANAGEMENT OF THE ORGANISATION

The Board of Directors meets at least five times a year and is responsible for the strategic direction of Tearfund Ireland – setting targets, signing off annual plans and budgets and reviewing the outcomes of the statutory audit. Directors are appointed by the members at the Annual General Meeting and are selected based on criteria established in the Board’s Terms of Reference. The Board may also appoint a director to serve until the next Annual General Meeting, at which time he or she would cease to hold office but would be eligible for election. There are currently eight serving directors. A Code of Corporate Governance (based on Dóchas code) guides the Board in its role, and the functioning of the Board is monitored against this. The Board delegates the operational management of the company to the Chief Executive Officer.

In 2016/17 the Board undertook a comprehensive assessment of its Governance using the Dóchas Code of Governance Assessment Tool. It intends on establishing a Governance sub-committee responsible to the Board to support and progress various aspects of good governance.

The Development Advisory Committee (DC), a sub-committee of the Board, ensures that Tearfund Ireland utilized and allocated its financial resources effectively and is following internationally recognized best practice in relief and development. The DC has a role to play in supporting Tearfund Ireland in strengthening its programmatic approach and achieving greater impact while accessing increased resources in the future.

The Audit and Risk Committee (ARC) a sub-committee of the Board, led by the Treasurer ensured financial accountability and overseas effective management of funds. It continued to strengthen internal controls and procedures, by identifying risks and reporting to the Board.

Two new sub-committees have recently been created: a Fundraising Committee (FC) and an Advisory Council (AC). The FC focuses on leading and supporting fundraising efforts particularly through corporates and businesses. The AC is made up of key stakeholders including church and ministry leaders in Ireland with the voice of the Global South also represented through our partner in Ethiopia.

The sub-committees of the Board must have at least two Directors in its membership. The Board approves funding made available for grants and delegates authority to the DC for its decision on which projects are supported. The DC reports its decisions and actions to the Board in writing.

Tearfund Ireland uses its finances effectively and maintains low organisational costs to ensure help reaches those in greatest need. This is made possible through the support of enthusiastic volunteers who raise funds, pray, work in our office and share our vision with others. The Board of Directors is committed to ensuring organisational costs remain within acceptable levels while also investing in the continued development of the organisation.

Where Your Money Goes

Tearfund Ireland is committed to maintaining the highest standard of professionalism throughout our work. Our finances are used effectively to keep organisation costs low and to ensure that help reaches those in greatest need.

Professional Standards

Tearfund Ireland has signed up to a range of internationally recognised standards – because they enshrine our principles and our respect for the people we support.

We are a signatory to the Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and NGOs in Disaster Relief. This means that our ‘aid is given regardless of the race, creed or nationality of the recipients and without adverse distinction of any kind. Aid priorities are calculated on the basis of need alone.’

We are committed to the high technical quality of our projects, working towards the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS).

We are members of Dóchas, an umbrella body of Irish development charities and signatories to the Code of Conduct on Images and Messages.

The Board of Directors adopted the ICTR Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising and is in compliance with the Statement.

  


Professional Networks

Tearfund Ireland is part of a number of different networks both at a national, EU and global level. In June 2017 our CEO was elected to a second term as the chair of the Board of Dóchas, the association of Irish Non-Governmental Development Organisations. We are also part of several different working groups as part of our involvement with Dóchas including a Policy working group, a Development Education working group, Results working group and the Humanitarian Aid working group. We are also part of the Quality and Impact working group for Development Education with IDEA (Irish Development Education Association) and on the Volunteering in Orphanages working group with Comhlámh, the umbrella organisation for volunteer sending agencies.

  


On the European and global levels we are a member of EU-CORD, a network of 23 European Christian Relief and Development NGOs that work alongside over 1000 implementing partners worldwide. We are also a member of Integral Alliance; Integral is a global alliance of 23 Christian relief and development agencies, working together to present a more effective response to poverty worldwide and specifically cooperate in humanitarian responses. Integral Members work in 90 countries, across 40 sectors, and have a network of over 740 local partners.

 

FAQs

How can I support Tearfund Ireland’s work?

We couldn’t do the work we do without the incredible support of people throughout Ireland and diaspora overseas. We are hugely grateful for this support. There are many ways to get involved:

How much of my donation is used for fundraising?

What is your CEO paid?

Our CEO is paid €73,500 plus 7% employers pension contribution.

How many people work in Tearfund Ireland?

Tearfund Ireland currently employ 10 people, some of whom work part time hours.

How many countries do you work in?

Tearfund Ireland is currently responding in nine countries.

Where is your headquarters?

Our Headquarters are in Dublin, Ireland. We also have a regional office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Do you pay tops ups or bonuses?

No.

Does any of my donation go to governments overseas?

No.

Does Tearfund Ireland engage in on-street fundraising?

No.

Who are the board and trustees? Do they get paid? How are they appointed?

The Board of Directors is responsible for the strategic direction of Tearfund Ireland – setting targets, signing off annual plans and budgets and reviewing the outcomes of the statutory audit.

Members of the Board of Directors are not paid. The directors are also trustees of the charity.

Directors are appointed by the members at the Annual General Meeting and are selected based on criteria established in the Board’s Terms of Reference. The Board may also appoint a director to serve until the next Annual General Meeting, at which time he or she would cease to hold office but would be eligible for election. There are currently eight serving directors  They are Dr. David Weakliam (Chair), Richard Philips (Vice-Chair) Richard Barkley (British) (Treasurer), Susan Heaney, Dr.Oghenovo Oghuvbu, Paraic O’Toole, Sharon Morrow and Lucy Hill.

Complaints

Tearfund Ireland believes in maintaining the highest standards of professionalism throughout our work and we are dedicated to ensuring we uphold our honest and transparent reputation. We listen and respond to the views of our supporters and of the general public so that we can continue to improve. Tearfund Ireland is grateful for the support we receive from our supporters and welcomes both positive and negative feedback. We commit to resolving any queries or complaints raised by our supporters within 48 hours of notification. See here for the complaints procedure if your query specifically relates to fundraising.

Contact Us

Please contact us if you have any queries or complaints about any aspect of our work.