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Statement from the CEO: transparency and accountability

In light of the recent revelations regarding Console, as CEO, I would like to outline how the Marie Keating Foundation is continuing to operate to the highest standards of transparency and accountability.

We understand that when funds are donated to us, we are being entrusted to spend those funds efficiently and wisely in the fight against cancer. We take this responsibility very seriously. We ensure that every activity we undertake is measurable, and properly accounted for. We have best-of-class corporate governance structures, which have been independently reviewed by PWC. We have an exceptionally committed Board of Directors, none of whom take any fees or expenses for their work or time. We have our accounts independently audited by Mazars annually and make them publicly available. You can view our annual reports here.

We are a registered charity (CHY 12916) and are also listed on the Charities Register of the Charities Regulatory Authority (CRA Number 20038953). We are in full compliance with the best practice standards in our sector including the Governance Code for the Voluntary Sector and the ICTR Fundraising Principles.

We are extremely grateful for every cent that is donated to us. These funds enable the Marie Keating Foundation to provide vital services such as:

  • Mobile Information Units each staffed by a registered nurse which travel the country. In 2015, the nurses reached over 22,000 people on cancer prevention & health promotion.
  • Cancer Awareness Campaigns such as information on how to prevent or spot symptoms of common cancers such as breast, lung, skin, bowel and prostate cancer.
  • Schools Cancer Awareness Programme which promotes cancer awareness among secondary school students. 113 schools took part in this free programme in 2015.
  • The Comfort Fund provides financial assistance to people who are currently receiving treatment for any kind of cancer and who, as a result, find themselves in financial difficulty.  530 families were helped by the Comfort Fund in 2016.

The Marie Keating Foundation calls for further enforcement powers for the Charity Regulatory Authority. It is vital that all members of the charity sector are held to the same high standards and that these are enforced so that the general public can have the highest levels of trust in the not-for-profit sector.

Your trust means the world to us and we want all our supporters to feel confident that they can continue to believe in us as we pursue our mission in the fight against cancer. If you have any questions about the Foundation’s governance, managerial or financial controls, or would like to hear more about how your support  helps us in the fight against cancer,  please feel free to contact me.

Yours sincerely,

Liz Yeates
Marie Keating Foundation