The Community Foundation for Ireland is a grant-making and donor services charity that makes grants to not-for-profit and voluntary groups working in communities throughout the Republic of Ireland. This year, we would like to support organisations whose annual income is less than €150,000 and who are struggling to produce timely Annual Reports that tell their story, account for their funding and ultimately, tell their stakeholders what they do. These Reports are a key element of accountability and influencing policy and can act as a valuable tool for organisations marketing their activities.
Grants of €1,000 will be made available to those organisations who commit to put their annual report on their website, have a target list of stakeholders they want to receive the report and make it available to anyone who would like a copy. We have a small fund available on a first-come first-served basis and will be applied to those who best meet the criteria.
CHECKLIST FOR PREPARING ANNUAL REPORTS
- Include an informative listing of income sources and spending headings
- Report on your organisation’s operations, its impact and the policy issues arising from your work
- Use photographs and illustrations to tell your story
- Include a list of your Board members and staff
- Involve the rest of your organisation
- Keep your message and your target audience in mind at all times
This is your opportunity to ensure that people who read your annual report and financial statement understand the work you do, the issues that motivate and concern you, the needs of your organisation and what you want. It can be a key instrument of change, influencing people, raising funds and getting your message across.
Below are four links that you may find helpful in the preparation of your Annual Report. The first two provide a link to the 2016 Annual Reports of Helium Arts and Care Alliance Ireland who were winners of the Carmichael Good Governance Awards 2016/17. Also linked are tips to guide your organisation when undertaking this work, and an upcoming training session being run by the Carmichael Centre entitled ‘Preparing an Annual Report’.
EXAMPLE A: Helium Arts Annual Report 2016
EXAMPLE B: Care Alliance Annual Report 2016
- Applicant organisations should have an annual income of not more than €150,000. All applicants must declare their organisation’s annual income on the online application form. Documentary evidence may be requested
- Applicant organisations must be in a position to produce their annual report in next four months
- Applicant organisations must submit a link to or a soft copy of their most recent Annual Report with their online application
- Applicant organisations should have an organisational bank account or access to one. A copy of a recent bank statement must be submitted with your application. This is for account verification purposes only and we do not need to see any financial or transactional details.
- Multiple applications by one organisation may not be made
- Where possible, applicants should use the checklist above as a guide when drafting their Report
- Successful applicants will make the completed report available to all on their website
- Applicant organisations will have a list of stakeholders at whom the Report will be targeted
- We encourage applicant organisations to consider adopting The Governance Code for charities – see www.governancecode.ie
- Applications must be from community and voluntary groups that possess charitable aims and are not for profit
- Please acknowledge the support of The Community Foundation for Ireland on any materials associated with the grant, should your application be successful
- A soft copy of or a link to your Annual Report should be sent to The Community Foundation for Ireland within four months of receiving the grant. If you decide not to issue a report within the timeframe please return the grant to us.
HOW TO APPLY/PROCESS
Apply online here