Kieran Donohue

BA (Hons) MA DBS

Associate Lecturer

Life Long Learning, Wexford Campus

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ORCID ID: 0000-0002-3915-4352

  • Research Interests
  • Publications
  • Research Supervision
  • Engagement and Collaboration

Research Interests

Fear, Virtù and Fortune- Corporate Governance in Irish Charities: a study of perceptions of corporate governance responsibilities and their impact on the Youthwork Sector

Over the last fifteen years, the charity sector of Ireland has been through a period of great change: charity regulatory frameworks are now in place (Charities Act, 2009); establishment of a charities authority (Charities Regulatory Authority); company regulations are redefined (Companies Act, 2014); accounting practices are standardised (e.g. FRS 102 funder requirements); and the sector has collaborated to establish a set of best practice guidelines in relation to governance (Governance Code, 2012).  Collectively these developments reflect the shift in Government policy to make charities behave in a more business-like way and have the potential to revolutionise the charities environment.  This research paper sets out to describe the current understanding of corporate governance responsibilities in the charity sector.  It further describes the impact that the perceptions of corporate governance have on organisational performance.  The focus of this research paper is therefore to empirically establish if there are clear connections between governance policy in the Irish charity sector and the implementation of governance in practice.  Is fear of non-compliance motivating the governance agenda of the charity sector resulting in a tick box culture, or are charities motivated by perceived benefits? (Fear, Virtù and Fortune)


To profit from governance in the not-for-profit-sector - A study of the journey from conformance to performance for FDYS

The professional problem explored is that there was no evidence-framework to support claims that the governance journey was benefitting my organisation.  A corporate decision was made to meet governance requirements, but the organisation had little evidence that the work was worth the efforts being invested.  It was feared that corporate governance was associated with cost rather than value:  the cost of introducing governance structures; and, the cost of compliance.  Was Governance to be viewed from a conformance viewpoint, where standards, codes and processes are prioritised? Or, was it to be viewed from a more opportunistic performance viewpoint?

The research is based on the hypothesis that Government legislation and regulation cannot guarantee good corporate governance in the not-for-profit sector.  This paper concludes that for the chosen case study (FDYS), there is an intrinsic hunger for good governance at every level of management and decision making.  Evidence gleaned from the research demonstrates that there is a healthy respect for governance responsibilities and demonstrates that there is a perceived link between good governance and the performance of the organisation.

Research Supervision

Current Research Students
  • MA Student IT Carlow – researching the value of Restorative Practice in Youth Justice
  • BA Early Childhood Students (X5) – studying various aspects of early years learning and childcare.

Engagement and Collaboration