Plan International Ireland is a registered charity in Ireland (registered charity number 20050764 (previously known as CHY15037)) and is constituted as a company limited by guarantee (company number 359578).
One of 21 national organisations working for the rights of children, families and communities in some of the world’s poorest countries, Plan International Ireland is a part of Plan International, Inc. (‘Plan Inc’), one of the world’s largest, most experienced and most trusted NGOs working for children today.
Locally, we have in place an experienced, non-paid Board of Directors who meet formally six times a years, in addition to regular Board Committee meetings (Programme Committee, Marketing & Fundraising Committee, Finance Committee, Remuneration Committee) and an AGM, traditionally held in January.
Currently chaired by Geraldine Kelly, our board is the highest authority in the management of the organisation and is its supreme governing body and consists of professional from diverse backgrounds who support our work to improve the lives of children and communities. The board, made up a Chairman, Company Secretary and 10 directors has authority for, and is accountable to, the members and the public at large for ensuring that the organisation is appropriately managed and achieving the strategic objectives agreed by the Board.
Typical duties of boards of directors include:
– governing the organisation by advising, and signing off, on broad policies, strategy and objectives;
– selecting, appointing, supporting and reviewing the performance of the chief executive and senior management;
– ensuring the availability of adequate financial resources;
– approving annual budgets;
– setting the salaries and compensation;
– reviewing our internal controls and risk management policies and approves its governance structure.
– approving major financing, investment and contractual decisions in excess of defined thresholds.
The Board gives the CEO broad authority to operate the business of the company and the CEO is accountable for and reports to the Board on business performance. Acting collectively our board ensures the organisation is delivering on our vision, purpose and strategy; that we are upholding our values; remain solvent and is properly managed.
Plan International promotes accountability globally through its involvement in the process for CSO Development Effectiveness through its membership of the Global Facilitation Group and inputting into the Open Forum.
Transparency and accountability to donors and supporters is delivered through regular and detailed communications and reporting, drawing on Plan International’s comprehensive Monitoring & Evaluation systems.
At a global level routine review processes are carried out including Global Effectiveness Reports, synthesis of Country Offices’ Country Programme Progress Reports, and a Worldwide Annual Review and Combined Financial Report.
In Ireland, Plan International is an active contributor to Dóchas effectiveness discussions and promotes this amongst peers in Ireland and globally.
Each year Plan International Ireland’s accounts are audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to ensure accuracy and consistency on our financial reporting. Our finances are also reviewed by our Board’s Finance Committee. Plan International has a large internal audit function staffed with experienced auditors called Global Assurance (GA). GA carries out audits of each Plan International Country Office (CO) at least every three years and has cross-discipline expertise in Finance & Administration, Grants Management, Operations of Partnerships, Human Resources, Child Protection, Risk Management and Security.
Plan International Ireland is a member of Dóchas, the umbrella group of NGOs in Ireland, and is fully compliant with the Irish Development NGO’s code of Corporate Governance.
As a member of Dóchas, Plan International Ireland is a signatory to the Dóchas Code of Conduct on Images and Messaging. Adherence to the Code is monitored by the Code Champion, the Media & Communications Officer, who ensures that all materials are Code compliant in advance of being made public.
Plan International Ireland operates on a public and government funding platform. The majority of funds are sourced from Irish Aid, the European Union, the European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO), the Human Dignity Foundation (HDF), Child sponsorship, Corporates, Trusts and Foundations, and public and private donations.
We endeavour to maximise the efficiency and impact of these funds, directing them to worthwhile projects while minimising our overhead costs. See below to read our previous annual reports.