How is ARC funded?
ARC Cancer Support Centres rely on the generosity of the public, private and corporate donations for over two-thirds of the funding required annually to operate its services. Support from the Health Service Executive and small grants from organisations such as the Irish Cancer Society make up the remainder.
Where does the money go?
The work of ARC has long been recognised by medical and health professionals as a key component in the support of patients. Demand for ARC's services is growing considerably each year. In 2015, there were almost 13,500 visits to ARC. To meet these increasing demands, the number of classes, workshops, counselling and complementary therapy sessions have been expanded. As a small, tightly-run organisation, ARC is very conscious of the need to spend funds wisely and of achieving value for money at all times.
ARC relies hugely on volunteers to provide many of its services such as helping to manage the Drop-in Centres and providing pro-bono therapies and services. Funds raised go towards employing the core team of therapists and staff as well as to meet the costs associated with running ARC's two centres. In addition, administrative, supervision and training supports are provided to our volunteer network to support them in delivering top quality services to clients. We simply could not provide the level of services that we do without our wonderful, committed volunteers.
Why does ARC fundraise?
As the majority of our funds come from the generosity of the public, we need to continuously fundraise so that those services can continue. We have a small, very busy team of fundraisers and their costs include salaries, computers, furniture, insurance, utilities, etc. There are also unavoidable costs associated with our fundraising events and activities such as postage and printing, venue hire, catering and other associated costs. However, we are always conscious of keeping costs to a minimum and of being frugal with our spending and of seeking sponsorship or services pro-bono. We continuously analyse our fundraising activities to ensure that they provide a good return on our investment.
What corporate governance does ARC have in place?
ARC Cancer Support Ltd is a registered charitable organisation (charity number CHY 10857) and a company limited by guarantee with a voluntary Board of Directors, none of whom receive any fees or expenses for their work or time. It's registered address is 65 Eccles Street, Dublin 7. Responsibility for the day-to-day management is delegated by the Board to the CEO who is supported by the staff and volunteers. ARC believes that trust and public confidence is vital in ensuring that we can continue to carry out our mission to support people affected by cancer. We are committed to making every effort to ensure that our activities are open and transparent and that donations and grants are spent in the most effective way possible.
Accordingly, we have developed a Donor Charter, are registered with the Charities Regulatory Authority and are a signatory to the ICTR Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising. Our accounting procedures are in line with the Statement of Recommended Practice, Accounting and Reporting by Charities (SORP). ARC is also in the process of adopting the Governance Code for Community, Voluntary and Charitable Organisations. Our accounts are independently audited annually by Somers, Murphy & Earl Limited.
To view our 2015 annual report click here.
To view our 2014 annual report click here.