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 for Financial Reporting by Charities (SORP).

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

In 2019, Brighter Communities Worldwide was granted Triple Lock Status by the Charities Institute of Ireland this means we demonstrate openness, transparency, and integrity and comply with best practise in governance and transparency.

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 complied with the Dochas Code on NGO Corporate Governance and the Governance Code for Community, Voluntary and Charitable organisations in Ireland.  This compliance was reviewed on an annual basis and the last review was conducted in May 2019.  During 2019 we have migrated to the new Charities Governance Code and based on the evidence collated we are compliant and will meet our CRA obligation to comply with the Code in 2020.

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 »

Signatories and memberships

Click here to see what Codes of Good Practice Brighter Communities Worldwide adhere to and the various organisations we are affiliated to.