Strategic Plan 2022 – 2025

Gaisce Council are delighted to present Gaisce – The President’s Award’s strategic plan for 2022-2025.
Our priorities 2022-2025 include:
  1. To build on what has been achieved, ensuring Gaisce is accessible to as many young people across Ireland as possible, through partnerships with likeminded organisations;
  2. To evidence the positive impact of Gaisce through telling the wonderful stories of Gaisce participants, Gaisce Awardees and President’s Award Leaders;
  3. To strive for excellence in all that we do.
Gaisce – The President’s Award’s emphasis on global citizenship and social agency, and the commitment to unlocking and celebrating the innate talents and abilities of young people across Ireland is exactly where the focus of the organisation should be, and will be in the years ahead. There is a lot in store for the next few years – the journey continues here!
— John Cunningham, Gaisce Council Chair
Strategic Plan
Plean Straitéiseach

Gaisce’s 2020 Impact Report

An Irish language version of the 2020 Impact Report report will be available soon, and an accessible/plain text or printed copy can be issued on request to

Governance and Transparency

Gaisce —Gradam an Uachtaráin The President’s Award is a governed by a 15-member board of directors, the Gaisce Council, appointed by the Minister of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth Affairs and by the terms of the organisation’s Constitution. There are two nominating bodies: the President nominates two members to Council and the Department of the Taoiseach nominates a single member. Although not a state body, as an ‘entity under the aegis of the Department’, all other appointments are made through a process undertaken by the Department that mirrors the Guidelines for Appointments to State Boards (2014). You can find out about the current Council here. You can find more information about how Council undertake their duties in the Directors’ Report section of our Audited Accounts.

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.

Gaisce – The President’s Award has prepared a new Strategic Plan for the period 2021-5. We will be launching the Plan in the coming weeks, after which it will be available here. The three pillars of our new Plan are:

I. Build on Achievement

   a. Equality of Access

   b. Responsible Citizenship

   c. Working in Partnership

II. Tell Our Story

III. Excellence in What We Do

   a. Participants

   b. President’s Award Leaders

   c. Governance

2022 Strategic Plan
2022 Plean Straitéiseach
2020 Impact Report
2019 Impact Report

Overview of Financial Statements and Compliance

Gaisce – The President’s Award is committed to transparency in relation to finance and governance. We have prepared this page to provide you with an overview of our financial statements, organisational activities and compliance. If you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact our team at

Our Impact Gaisce – The President’s Award prepares public reports of our activities on an annual basis.  You can download our 2020 Impact Report here. The figures below refer to 2020.

Income Breakdown 2020
Statutory Funding/Grants €930,115
Registration Fees €253,806
Non-state Philanthropic & Donations €77,000
Other €2,166

Total                                                                             €1,263,087

Expenditure Breakdown 2020
Raising Funds €40,855
Charitable Activities €1,048,928
Total €1,089,783
Surplus (deficit) €173,304

A significant portion of the 2020 surplus (36%) is the balance of a grant Gaisce received under the Department of Rural and Community Development’s Covid-19 Stability Scheme to support costs incurred between March 2020 and June 2021. Much of the remaining surplus relates to funding received in 2020 for projects that were either still ongoing at year end or deferred to 2021. As a result of Covid-19 and the restricted operation and/or closure of youth and community organisations, a number of Gaisce’s funded programmes had to be scaled down or deferred. The organisation wishes to acknowledge the generosity of funders in allowing the organisation to retain funds until full service can resume.

Financial Statistics – Income and Expenditure for 2019


Council members receive no remuneration for their role. The can choose to be reimbursed for vouched expenses for Council duties, including attending Council meetings, only.

Staff Remuneration

The Chief Executive Officer is the highest earning employee in Gaisce and received a gross salary in 2020 of €89,026. One member of staff earned between 60K-70K in 2020. No other member of staff in Gaisce earned more than €60,000. Pensions Gaisce operates a defined contribution pension scheme for employees who began employment with the organisation prior to 2014. The contribution made by the organisation is twice the contribution of a participating staff member, to a maximum of 13% gross salary. Staff employed from 1st January 2014 are required to contribute to the Single Public Sector Pension Scheme (SPSPS). The organisation does not financially contribute to the SPSPS.

Annual Audit

Gaisce prepares its accounts in line with the Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP). Gaisce’s financial year is 31 December and its accounts are audited annually by Crowe Ireland Accountants. Gaisce’s law firm is A&L Goodbody. You can download our most recent audited accounts on this page.

Compliance Tax Compliance

Gaisce is a company limited by guarantee (CRO: 251020) with a registered charity number (RCN: 20020903) and CHY number (8482)

Charities Governance Code 

The company delivers the Award and discharges the full range of corporate governance responsibilities as required by company law. Gaisce is compliant with the Charities Governance Code, and will declare compliance annually in a report to the Charities Regulator. Gaisce’s Compliance Record was approved by the Council on the 18th of March 2021. The principles of the code help inform the work of the organisation and compliance with the Charities Act. 

Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising 

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: 

  1. Develop fundraising practices in Ireland; 
  1. Promote high levels of openness, accountability and transparency among organisations which raise funds from the public; 
  1. 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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