Plan International Ireland's Commitment to Governance
An open letter from the Chair of the Board

"We are committed to ensuring that we are accountable and transparent with disclosures of all aspects of our charitable work..."

An Open letter from our Chair Geraldine Kelly.

Operating in some of the world’s most disadvantaged countries, Plan International Ireland endeavours to maximise the efficiency and impact to children and communities of all funds raised.

We are committed to ensuring that we are accountable and transparent with disclosures of all aspects of our charitable work.

To ensure that this transparency is clear and fully understood by all our donors and supporters, we have detailed below the extensive steps we take to ensure how all of our expenditure is rigorously and consistently managed.

Our financial statements are audited annually by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to ensure accuracy and consistency of our financial reporting and we are fully committed to charity SORP standards.

In 2015, thanks to the generosity of our donors’ and supporters, we raised in excess of €13m for our projects around the world. Our financial statements are published on our website, and they can be found here.

Plan International Ireland is an active member of Dóchas, the umbrella group of International NGOs in Ireland. We are fully compliant with their Code of Corporate Governance, as well as Codes of Governance and Principles of Good Fundraising. As a member of Dóchas, we are also a signatory to their Code of Conduct on Images and Messaging.

We are fully compliant with the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising, which is monitored by the Irish Charities Tax Reform Group (ICTR) and sets out best practice guidelines for Charities who fundraise in the public environment. In addition we adhere to the requirements of, and fully support the implementation of the Charities Act 2009.

Every effort is made to ensure that all income generated by Plan International Ireland is spent directly on our work in our 50 programme countries. See our annual report for details of our expenditure.

For every euro we spend, 94 cents is spent on our programmes such as education, child protection and disaster response. Of the remainder, 6 cents goes towards generating income and one cent on governance and compliance.

We are governed by an independent Board of Directors. All Directors serve in a voluntary capacity. The Board meets at least five times a year.

There are four sub Committees of the Board:
– Finance and Audit Committee
– Marketing & Fundraising Committee
– Programme Committee
– Remuneration Committee

Our CEO earns a salary of €99,500 in addition to pension and private healthcare entitlements. The government levies 10.75% PRSI on his salary.

We remain hugely grateful to all our donors and child sponsors who generously donate to Plan International Ireland. Without you, we simply wouldn’t be in a position to continue changing the lives of thousands of children around the world. Sponsorship contributions allow us the flexibility to support not just the sponsor child and their community, but enables us to leverage more funding, to respond to crises quickly and effective and to ensure we have the best people working to achieve our vision for children. We also rely on our network of volunteers who give of their time. We are very grateful for your support.

Should you ever have any questions regarding our work, our transparency or how we spend our money please let us know. Thank you.

Kind regards,
Geraldine Kelly