The Irish public is right to question where their donations and/or taxes via grants go and insist on good governance and transparent procedures. Outlined below is information on Brighter Communities Worldwide and its current practices.

Governance and transparency

Brighter Communities Worldwide Statement on Governance and Transparency

Brighter Communities Worldwide undertakes many forms of fundraising to raise funds for its programmes in Kenya. These include organising events, selling goods, donations, standing orders and grant applications.

Finance and Fundraising

Brighter Communities Worldwide is committed to achieving the standards outlined in the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising supplied by the Charities Institute of Ireland, the organisation representing the interests of Irish charities – Good practice standards for fundraising.

Brighter Communities Worldwide’s Accounts comply with the Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) standard in general and with the Dochas/Irish Aid guidelines on financial reporting.

Brighter Communities Worldwide publishes its Annual Accounts on line every year and these are available on our website.

Brighter Communities Worldwide is registered with the Charities Regulatory Authority, and has complied with all reporting obligations.

Income summary

Expenditure summary

Annual results summary - income 2015

Annual results summary - expenditure 2015

Governance

Brighter Communities Worldwide is governed by a Board of Directors in Ireland and a Board of Management in Kenya. The role of these Boards  is to govern the organisation in accordance with its mission, vision and legal obligations.

Brighter Communities Worldwide has implemented the Dochas Code on NGO Corporate Governance, and reviews its compliance on an annual basis.

We comply with the Governance Code for community, voluntary and charitable organisations in Ireland. We confirm that a review of our organisation’s compliance with the  principles in the Code was conducted in June 2015. This review was based on an assessment of our organisational practice against the recommended actions for each principle. The review sets out actions and completion dates for any issues that the assessment identifies need to be addressed. Brighter Communities Worldwide is listed on the compliance list.

Brighter Communities Worldwide has a Conflict of Interest policy and a Conflict of Loyalty policy in place and all potential conflicts of interest and loyalty are dealt with by the Executive Committee.

Brighter Communities Worldwide has an Audit Committee in place and its terms of reference can be downloaded here »

Brighter Communities Worldwide is compliant with the terms of the NGO Coordination Act of 1990, and the attendant Regulations of 1992 in Kenya. This was confirmed by the NGO Coordination Board in January 2016 – view letter.

Directors expense and pensions

All Brighter Communities Worldwide board members are voluntary and do not receive payments to attend board meetings. All expenses incurred by board members in fulfilling their duties as board members are paid according to Brighter Communities Worldwide’s Expense Policy. 

Brighter Communities Worldwide does not pay any pension allowances for its employees but has a PRSA scheme in place should any employee wish to avail of this.

Brighter Communities Worldwide welcomes feedback on its governance and transparency. Please contact our office using the contact details below.

Help us to become a stronger organisation

We would love to hear your feedback, positive and negative, on how we can improve on what we do to become an even stronger organisation. We are committed to ensuring that all our communications and dealings with you are of the highest possible standard. If you have some feedback for us or if you would like to make a complaint to us then we will listen and respond to your views – please contact our Office Manager at:

Brighter Communities Worldwide, 4 The Crescent, Mill road, Midleton, Co. Cork P25 H302

Email: admin@brightercommunities.org

Telephone: +353 21 4621748

For further information download our complaints policy here »