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2017 Round-up: the highs and lows of charity disclosure so far

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Benefacts warmly welcomed the report of the Carmichael Centre’s annual Good Governance Awards, announced on 16th November during the Charities Regulator’s Trustees Week.

The awards celebrate high standards in published disclosures by charities, and make a direct connection between good governance and clear, transparent public information.

Use Benefacts to review the annual reports of the short-listed and winning charities in each category:

Category 1 – Organisations with an annual turnover of less than €250,000

Category 2 – Organisations with an annual turnover of between €250,000 and €1million

Category 3 – Organisations with an annual turnover of between €1million and €5million

Category 4 – Organisations with an annual turnover of over €5million

 

Trend in abridgement continues

At the same time as welcoming best practice at one end of the spectrum, we are disappointed to report that the number of incorporated charities that have prepared audited financial statements, but elected to publish these in an abridged form, now exceeds 34%. (We are still keying 2016 accounts so it possible this total percentage could change. Right now, the level of abridgement for all incorporated nonprofits – whether charities or non-charities – stands at 40%).

The filing of abridged accounts by companies limited by guarantee is now permitted under the Companies Act 2014. The choice to file accounts in this limited form represents a decision on the part of the members of these companies to withhold a significant body of financial transaction information from the public.

Given the findings of the recent Amárach survey – published at the recent CII conference – showing that public trust in charities is still very low, it seems that charities are not acting in a way that promotes their self-interest. How can you expect people to trust you more when you tell them less?

 

List of charities publishing abridged accounts

For a list of those charities that have filed abridged accounts for 2016, click here.

To see the 2015 list, click here.

And for the small number of charities that are bucking the trend, by reverting to full published financial statements in 2016 – having previously published abridged ones – see here.

Almost 20,000 Nonprofits in our New Website Release!

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We have just added 704 additional nonprofits to the Benefacts Database of Irish Nonprofits, which increases the number of Irish nonprofits you can find here from 18,586 up to 19,290.

Now included in the database are:

Our thanks to the Registrar of Friendly Societies and the Librarian of the Houses of the Oireachtas for their help in getting a lot of this data online for the first time!

Benefacts Open Datasets

As well as adding new organisations to the scope of the database, we’ve released an open dataset about all of the nonprofits in the Benefacts Database of Irish Nonprofits. We’ll be keeping this live which means it will get updated every day as we feed fresh data that we in turn acquire from 8 public sources.

The data is provided in “open” formats – this means that it can be universally and readily accessed and downloaded, and is also machine-readable. Benefacts Open Datasets can now be downloaded here, and we also publish daily updated files to the Government’s Open Data portal.

Benefacts.ie is now 6 months live

Since going live in May 2016, more than 25,000 unique visitors have accessed our site for data about Irish nonprofits.  We’re marking the anniversary with some design and content updates to the website.

Tell us what you think

We’ve updated the homepage to make it more user-friendly and we have further developments to the website planned in coming months – watch this space!

We are always interested in your thoughts about our website please tell us what you think of what you’ve seen so far and also stay tuned as we are rolling out a user survey next week.

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