Charities Regulatory Authority Information Campaign
Templeshannon Community Centre, Enniscorthy
Thursday, January 21st 2016, 7pm – 9.30pm
Wexford Local Development and the Charities Regulatory Authority are hosting an information session on the 21st of January in Templeshannon Community Centre, Enniscorthy for community & voluntary groups in Co. Wexford, which will provide practical guidance on the process of charity registration and annual reporting. It will also clarify what types of groups should register.
The Charities Act (2009) represented a very significant milestone for community & voluntary activity in Ireland. In order to be classified as a charity, organisations are required to register with the Charities Regulatory Authority before the 16th of April 2016 for inclusion on the Register of Charities.
One of the most significant impacts of the Act is on fundraising; as both cash and non-cash charitable fundraising from the public will require permits from the Gardaí & only registered charities will be able to conduct those types of fundraising. (More detailed information on the Act can be found here http://www.wheel.ie/content/charities-act )
If you wish to attend this event please register through the website of the Charities Regulatory Authority – http://www.eventbrite.ie/e/charities-regulatory-authority-information-event-enniscorthy-co-wexford-21-january-2016-tickets-20035181768
Registration from 7pm.
This event is free of charge and open to all community/voluntary organisations.
Contact your local Wexford Local Development Community Development Officer for more details:
- Wexford – Marie Louise Byrne on 053 9155800
- Enniscorthy – Billy Murphy on 053 9155864
- Gorey – Donal Dunbar on 053 9155852
- New Ross – Catherine Brazil on 053 9155885
Definition of a Charity
Organisations that have exclusively charitable purposes (see below) and provide public benefit will be eligible for inclusion in the Register of Charities. The charitable purposes defined in the Act are:
- The prevention or relief of poverty or economic hardship
- The advancement of education
- The advancement of religion; or
Any other purpose that is of benefit to the community, which is specifically broken down in the Act to include:
- The advancement of community welfare including the relief of those in need by reason of youth, age, ill-health or disability
- The advancement of community development, including urban or rural regeneration
- The promotion of civic responsibility or voluntary work
- The promotion of health including the prevention or relief of sickness, disease or human suffering
- The advancement of conflict resolution or reconciliation
- The promotion of religious or racial harmony and harmonious community relations
- The protection of the natural environment
- The advancement of environmental sustainability
- The advancement of the efficient and effective use of the property of charitable organisations
- The prevention or relief of suffering of animals
- The advancement of the arts, culture, heritage or sciences; and
- The integration of those who are disadvantaged, and the promotion of their full participation in society.