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Transparency Report

Everything you should know about us

At SpunOut.ie, we believe we should be transparent and accountable to our readers, donors, funders and the public as to our policies and how we are governed. This page aims to present the facts and figures behind SpunOut.ie’s activities in a clear, readable format, accurate as of our most recently published Annual Report (2016).

If you have any queries about any of the below you can contact us at hello@spunout.ie or by phone on (01) 675 3554 and we'll get back to you as quickly as we can.

Our Governance

SpunOut.ie aims to be at the forefront of best practice in openness and transparency. Our board and staff are fully committed to the highest standards in corporate governance, as evidenced by our full and ongoing compliance with the Governance Code for Community, Voluntary and Charity Organisations in Ireland. Our signed statement of compliance with the Governance Code can be found here.

As we have been chosen to be assessed as a ‘Type C’ organisation, SpunOut.ie strongly welcomes robust engagement with our stakeholders to ensure we are constantly in compliance with the letter and spirit of the Code’s principles. We will always make it a priority to address any and all shortcomings to our governance structures as promptly as possible.

Our Reach in 2016

In 2016, SpunOut.ie recorded 936,378 readers making 1.27 million visits to the site and consuming over 1.9 million pages of information. We saw an 8% increase in site visits from the previous year, making 2016 the most successful year for readership in the history of SpunOut.ie.

Our Finances in 2016

In 2016, we spent €467,969 of an income of €446,972 and €23,131 of funds brought forward from 2015.

In simple terms, it cost just under 50c per reader to run the SpunOut.ie service in 2016.

Around 70% of this was spent on staff-related costs. As an information hub, our main cost is employing the team of nine people who keep SpunOut.ie full of content, run our information campaigns, and advertise the service to new readers.

Annual Financial Statements

We’ve provided our audited Director’s Report and Financial Statements for 2016 to the Companies Registration Office and you can download them here, but for those without degrees in accounting, we are working on a breakdown which shows where every €10 we spent in 2016 went.

SpunOut.ie and the Triple Lock Standard

SpunOut.ie is a triple-locked member of the Charities Institute Ireland. This means we are committed to best practice in transparency, accounting, fundraising and governance. 

As part of meeting the standards of the Triple Lock, our Board of Directors has signed up to the Guidelines for Charitable Organisations on Fundraising from the Public. We are also in full compliance with the Charity SORP in our accounting, and have been working hard to ensure we always meet the standards of the Governance Code

SORP

The Charities Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) is a set of best practice guidelines for how charities should prepare their annual accounts and report their finances. Compliance with the SORP obliges a charity to provide a very high level of information about its operations and to prioritise transparency and accountability in its financial management.

SpunOut.ie is among the 9% of charities in Ireland preparing their accounts using SORP.

Our Fundraising Principles

Our signed copy of the Statement can be viewed here.

We have produced a Donor Charter outlining our committment to users, donors and funders, which can be read here.

SpunOut.ie’s Benefacts Profile

You can access our Benefacts.ie profile here.

Our Staff

Our highest earning member of staff is our Executive Director, who was paid a total (gross) of €58,333 in 2016.

No employee was paid more than €58,333 or less than €24,000 per annum.

Each employee was given a One4All gift card at Christmas, and no employee received a salary top-up or bonus in 2016.

You can find a list of our current staff members here

Our Board of Directors

All board members are entitled to be refunded for vouched expenses associated with attending our board meetings, of which there are no fewer than six per year.

The total cost of running our board meetings came to €1,197 in 2016.

You can find a list of our current board members here.

Board Attendance 2016

Chris Donoghue (Chair)      7/7
Celine Doyle (Vice Chair)    4/4
Niamh O'Brien (Treasurer)   5/5
Anita Ghafoor-Butt               3/7
Amy McArdle                       4/7
Kirsten Connolly                  6/7
Siobhan Cassidy                 6/7
Owen Brennan                    4/7
Joe O'Connor                      4/6
Pedro Serrano                     3/5
Eoin Corbett                        2/2
Domhnaill Harkin                2/2

SpunOut.ie Action Panel

The SpunOut.ie Action Panel are a group of 30 young people from around Ireland who play a pivotal role in our governance structure and ensure our service and message stay relevant to the people we serve.

You can find a list of our action panel members here.

Funders

Our main funders in 2016 were the Health Service Executive, the Community Foundation for Ireland, and Pobal.

The Health Service Executive has funded the work of SpunOut.ie with a Section 39 grant every year since our foundation in 2004. In 2016 this grant totalled €190,000.

Legal Entity

SpunOut.ie is a registered trading name and project of Community Creations CLG.

SpunOut.ie is currently the only project being run by Community Creations CLG.

 

Our Policies

Stewardship

SpunOut.ie recognises the vital role of stakeholder stewardship in ensuring our commitment to good governance. Any stakeholder wishing to act as a steward in reviewing or monitoring our commitment to the Code will have the full support of SpunOut.ie throughout their engagement. You can click here to read the Governance Code's guidelines for effective stewardship, including how to rank our level of compliance.

Any enquiries on the issue of stewardship and SpunOut.ie may be directed to our Executive Director at hello@spunout.ie

Our Complaints Procedure

SpunOut.ie takes all feedback seriously, especially complaints. If you have a comment about any aspect of our work, including fundraising, you can contact Community Creations CLG in writing or by telephone. In the first instance, your correspondence will be dealt with by our Executive Director in a timely manner.

Please give us as much information as possible and let us know how you would like us to respond, providing relevant contact details for yourself.

Write to:

    Executive Director

    Community Creations CLG t/a SpunOut.ie

    Sean MacBride House

    48 Fleet Street

    Dublin 2

 

    Tel: 01 675 3554

    Email: hello@spunout.ie


We are available Monday to Friday from 09:30am to 6:00pm.

If you make a complaint relating to fundraising activities that we cannot resolve to your satisfaction, the next level of the complaints procedure is to contact the Monitoring Group of the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising. You can email the group at audit@spunout.ie.

Any and all matter of illegality will be addressed immediately to An Garda Síochana.

Our Policies