Governance and Transparency

Gaisce —Gradam an Uachtaráin The President’s Award is a governed by a board of directors – the Gaisce Council – appointed by the Minister of Children and Youth Affairs and by the terms of the organisation’s Memorandum and Articles of Association. Gaisce is a company limited by guarantee (CRO: 251020) and with a charity number (CHY: 8482). Our Registered Charity Number is 20020903. The Patron of Gaisce is Uachtaráin na hEireann, Michael D. Higgins.

For the current Strategic Plan period (2015-2018), Gaisce has adopted the following priorities:

– Providing an innovative and challenging Gaisce programme

– Making Gaisce accessible to all young people and programme delivery effective and sustainable.

– Raising awareness and recognition of Gaisce and its contribution throughout Irish society.

– Ensuring Gaisce’s sustainability to deliver.

The Council agree the strategic direction of the organisation and the CEO and staff team deliver it. You can read more about Gaisce staff and our current Council on this website, and download our Strategic Plan on this page.

The Chief Executive Officer is the highest earning employee in Gaisce and received a gross salary in 2017 of €81,050. No other member of staff in Gaisce earned more than €60,000. For employees employed prior to 2013, Gaisce operates a defined contribution pension scheme to which Gaisce makes a contribution of up to 13% of gross salary for each employee. Employees recruited after 2013 (including the CEO) contribute to the Single Public Service Pension Scheme. Gaisce makes no pension contribution for these employees. Council members receive no remuneration for their role. They are reimbursed for vouched expenses for Council duties, including attending Council meetings, only. You can download the latest Gaisce Annual Review here.

Gaisce is fully tax compliant and has an up to date Tax Clearance Certificate from Revenue (Reference 04723849-28167F – copy available on request). Gaisce’s financial year is 31 December and its accounts are audited annually by Crowe Horwath Bastow Charleton Accountants.  Gaisce’s legal advisors are A&L Goodbody, Solicitors. You can download our most recent audited accounts on this page.

The company delivers the Award and discharges the full range of corporate governance responsibilities as required by company law.  Gaisce is currently adopting Governance Code applicable for Type C organisations. 



Income & Expenditure 2017

Income: 1,037,797

Grants: 67%

Participants’ fees: 32%

Donations and legacies: 1%

Expenditure: €1,052,595

Cost of raising funds: 6%

Charitable activities (direct costs): 84%

Charitable activities (support costs): 10%



Gaisce is committed to complying with the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising, a voluntary code of conduct drawn up by charity fundraising practitioners and donors with support from legal, accounting and other related professionals. You can learn more about the Guiding Principles on the Charities Institute Ireland.

The Statement aims to:

  • Develop fundraising practices in Ireland;
  • Promote high levels of openness, accountability and transparency among organisations which raise funds from the public;
  • Provide clarity and assurances to supporters, prospective supporters and the general public about the organisations which they support.

For more information on Gaisce’s compliance with these principles, please read our Donor Rights, our Donor Charter and our Complaints Procedure.  

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