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We welcome applications for this course from suitably qualified professionals. Your application must be approved before you can formally register on the course. To apply please email the following documents to email@example.com:
- A completed application form (see below)
- Your Curriculum Vitae
- A short cover letter setting out your relevant experience
Please note, for non-members this course is subject to a supplemental fee of €100 bringing the total course fee to €1,650. No fees are required prior to approval.
Further information on this course including course structure, module scheme, faculty and workshop dates are set out below. Clicking on the links will bring you directly to that section or simply scroll through to read all the content.
On completion of this training programme, participants will have attained deep knowledge and insight into the following:
- Establishing a charity: legal structures & registration requirements;
- Governance codes & regulatory requirements;
- Managing risk;
- Managing finances;
- Board responsibilities;
- Fundraising codes & procurement;
- Employment law, HR and volunteer policies;
- Keeping on top of data protection issues.
Programme structure and approach to learning
The charity sector in Ireland has faced many challenges in recent times, and public trust needs to be restored. The establishment of the Charities Regulator, increasing regulatory & funding requirements (including the introduction in late 2018 of the Regulator’s Charities Governance Code), and developments on the horizon in terms of funding and competitive tendering herald changes that need to be taken on board to shape the future of this sector in Ireland.
This course, which represents a collaboration between the Law Society of Ireland and The Wheel, Ireland’s national charity association, provides practitioners and those working in charitable, social enterprise and community organisations with an overview of the law and best practice in the relevant areas. The course has a very practical emphasis and will equip participants with the necessary knowledge and skills to maintain integrity and uphold standards.
Our blended-learning approach and the use of an online forum ensure that attendees can learn both from lecturers and from the knowledge sharing and peer-to-peer aspect that is encouraged in interactive sessions.
The Certificate in Charity Law, Trusteeship and Governance programme is based on the following module scheme and covers key themes as listed below:
Module 1: Introduction
- Recent trends in the charity sector in Ireland,
- Regulation of charities and the Charities Act 2009,
- The legal framework & legal structures for charities.
Module 2: Finance & Fundraising
- Legislative framework for fundraising,
- Regulation of & best practice for fundraising,
- Financial reporting: Statutory requirements,
- Charities Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP).
Module 3: Governance
- Charities Regulator’s Charities Governance Code,
- Implementation and related issues,
- Risk assessments and managing risk.
Module 4: Strategy and management
- Management, human resource and volunteer policies,
- Charities & corporate governance,
- Data protection issues,
- Employment law,
- Outcomes approach,
- Procurement and tendering.
Workshops are interactive sessions that focus on group problem-solving and are designed to reinforce lecture content from a more practical perspective and to consolidate the participant’s knowledge. Workshops will take place on the following dates:
- Saturday 29 February 2020,
- Friday 20 March 2020,
- Saturday 21 March 2020,
- Saturday 18 April 2020.
2,500-word written assignment (85%) and continuous assessment (15%). Final assignment submission date: 22 May 2020.
Who should attend?
The course will appeal to those in practice who advise charitable organisations. It will also appeal to those working in the sector or those who hold positions on boards of organisations or in a management capacity. We invite lawyers and individuals involved with the sector to apply.
We welcome applications from others who are suitably qualified. Please explain your interest and set out any relevant experience in a cover letter and a brief CV. Such applications are subject to a supplemental fee of €100.
Lecturers and tutors will be drawn from solicitors, barristers, accountants, and others with expertise in the field of charity law, trusteeship and governance. Previous lecturers and current faculty include:
- Marguerite Bolger SC,
- Katie Cadden, Solicitor, Board Member of Charities Regulatory Authority,
- Colin Skehan, Trócaire,
- Tony Ward, The Wheel,
- Maria Hill, Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association,
- Stuart Garland, Volunteer Ireland,
- Daragh O’Brien, Castlebridge,
- Michelle O’Keefe, Goodbody Stockbrokers,
- Ruth Lambkin, Mercer,
- Gillian Lynch, William Fry,
- Ivan Cooper, The Wheel,
- Cormac Ó Ceallaigh, Cormac Ó Ceallaigh Solicitors,
- Elizabeth Bolger, The Wheel,
- Mary O’Kennedy, O’Kennedy Consulting,
- Abby Semple, Associate Consultant on behalf of Achilles Ireland,
- Roseanna O'Hanlon, Crowe.
We have designed our courses to enable you to satisfy as much of your CPD requirement as possible. Time spent attending lectures and workshops in person or completing these via e-learning as part of your course can be claimed towards your annual CPD requirement. The number of hours of CPD that you may claim in relation to your diploma/certificate course will depend on the way in which you access each of the individual sessions. For further information, visit the CPD scheme and download the CPD booklet.
Suzanne Crilly, Solicitor, Course Leader: S.Crilly@LawSociety.ie.
*Every effort has been made to ensure the information contained in these pages is accurate and up to date. However timetables and course content are subject to change and date and time changes may occur due to factors beyond our control.
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