How transparent is Concern?

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How transparent is Concern?

Concern Worldwide is committed to being as transparent as possible. It’s important that people understand how we work and how the money we receive is spent.

Ashole Alito at a water point that was funded by Concern as part of the WASH programme in Kindo Koysha woreda.  Before the water-point was installed, she had to travel for over an hour to get clean water. PHOTO: KIM HAUGHTON, 2013.

Our vision and mission

Concern is a non-governmental, international, humanitarian organisation. Our mission is to help people living in extreme poverty in the world's poorest countries to transform their lives. We aim to achieve major improvements in their lives which last and spread without ongoing support from Concern. We do this by spending 90.8% of your donations on our overseas programmes. 

Sources of income

Concern generates income from a variety of sources. They come in the form of grants, donated commodities, and voluntary donations.

Our partners

Concern recognises that in order to fight poverty we cannot work on our own. We work closely with effective partner agencies in many of the countries in which we work.

Accountability and transparency

Charities have to be accountable, transparent and effective. In 2018, our annual report won the Published Accounts Awards for charities in Ireland. Organised by the Chartered Accountants Leinster Society, the award is an important independent recognition of our financial reporting. Concern has regularly been a finalist in our award category since 1988, and are very proud to have won the award a total of 22 times. 

Our accounts are prepared annually in accordance with the charity SORP standard of accountability and transparency. 

We have been awarded 'Triple Lock' membership by Charities Institute Ireland, demonstrating our commitment to best practice in all aspects of good governance, transparency and fundraising.

International certification

We're not just accountable to our donors but to our beneficiaries in some of the world’s poorest countries. In recognition of this, we were certified against the Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS) in October 2017. 
This certification highlights the fact that Concern applies the highest international standards in all of its work.

Codes and policies

In our work, from how we deal with emergencies to how we fundraise, we're committed to following the best charity codes and practices. 

Good Governance Award

We have been awarded the 2017 category 4 Good Governance Award for our adherence to good governing practice.