The 2019 Good Governance Awards Shine a Light on Rural Groups

Website Banner GGAIreland’s Good Governance Awards, established by Carmichael four years ago to encourage and support good governance for the not for profit sector have been formally launched in Co. Kerry in partnership with

• Carmichael
• Kerry Volunteer Centre
• Cork Volunteer Centre
• Clare Volunteer Centre
• Tipperary Volunteer Centre
• Limerick Volunteer Centre 
• Yellow Harbour

The backdrop of rural Killarney was deliberately chosen to shine a light on the work of nonprofit groups in rural Ireland. A key message at the launch is that small and medium sized rural groups deserve to be at the forefront of initiatives that empower and give national recognition to Good Governance.

The Good Governance Awards (GGA) provide the perfect platform for all groups to share their story and tell of the efforts that they are making to advance and comply with good governance. The closing date for submissions via www.goodgovernanceawards.ie is September 13th.

The collaboration between Carmichael, Munster based Volunteer Centres and Yellow Harbour is in response to the need that they have identified locally for small and medium sized groups and their Volunteer Trustees, the majority of which are rurally base in Munster, to be empowered and encouraged on the ‘how to’ practicalities of doing good governance. The focus of the Good Governance Awards, now in its fourth year, is on recognising the efforts of groups to improve their governance and on the quality of groups’ annual reports. As such, there are applications for two award types each having five entry categories.

Geraldine O Sullivan, Manager of Kerry Volunteer Centre and a member of the GGA Judging panel, highlighted that ‘in an era of increasing regulation, statutory reporting and Volunteer burn out, groups are feeling fettered and fearful. It has never been so important that the stories of small and medium sized community and voluntary groups be told. It is imperative that their concerns, challenges and their voices are heard. Volunteers are the heart of rural Ireland, their impacts deserve to be valued and their capacity to comply with good governance needs to be invested in. This is why Kerry Volunteer Centre along with its peer Volunteer Centres in Munster have partnered with Carmichael and Yellow Harbour because we are determined to endorse, encourage and empower our local and rural based community groups and not for profits.

Munster based Volunteer Centres are already delivering governance based training and together with Carmichael we are excited to be launching additional training at the Good Governance Awards Ceremony in November aimed at empowering groups with the skills and knowledge to write annual reports”.

Diarmaid Ó Corrbuí, CEO of Carmichael said “excellent governance is intrinsic to a successful not for profit, its culture and its people. This is a real opportunity for non-profits to showcase their transparency and accountability, by effectively communicating their performance, governance, culture and financials in their annual reports. We also want to reward the outstanding work taking place in the sector and help the sector rebuild trust with the wider public”.

The Good Governance Awards is made possible by the partnership between Charmicahel, Boardmatch, Charities Institute Ireland, Dóchas, Enclude, Volunteer Ireland, The Wheel, 2into3, Chartered Accountants Ireland, Davy, Department of Rural & Community Development, Governance On-Line, Mason Hayes & Curran and Mazars.