Trinity Development & Alumni Governance

Trinity Foundation is the philanthropic office of Trinity College Dublin. Established on 30 March 1994 as an independent charity in the Republic of Ireland, Trinity Foundation has been granted charitable tax exemption and is governed by a Deed of Trust.

Trinity Development & Alumni, administered by Trinity Foundation, is committed to maintaining the highest standard of governance. To achieve our goals we must be transparent and accountable to our donors, alumni and friends and the University community. We believe that setting and upholding high standards is an essential part of demonstrating accountability. It also helps us to be effective by ensuring the proper operation of our activities.

Information on our audited accounts, governance, feedback and complaints procedure and our data protection policy is outlined on this page and you can visit a specific section using the links below.

Audited Accounts Governance

Feedback & Complaints Data Protection

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Audited Accounts

Our financial statements for the period 1 October 2017 to 30 September 2018 are available here. Accounts are externally audited by KPMG and prepared in accordance with the charity SORP standard of accountability and transparency. 


Two committees oversee the governance of Trinity Foundation - the Trinity Foundation Trustees and the Trinity Foundation Audit & Risk Committee who assist the Trustees in fulfilling their function.

Trinity Foundation Trustees

Trustees retain ultimate responsibility for the strategic development of the organisation in close liaison with Trinity College Dublin’s Provost, Board, and Executive Officers.The role of Trustees may be read here. Trustees are Ms M. Collins, Mr. T. Gallagher, Mr. D. Sheehan, Mr. D. Went (Chair). Trustees’ bios may be read here.

Trinity Foundation Audit & Risk Committee

The Committee’s main objective is to assist the Trustees fulfil their functions by providing independent and timely advice on areas within its remit. Members of the committee are Ms Marie Collins (Chair), Mr Tom Byrne, Mr Hilary Hough, and Mr David Went.

The Audit & Risk Committee reports independently to the Trustees on all aspects of controls and risks. The main function of the Committee is to review the significant financial reporting issues and judgements made in connection with TDA’s financial statements and reports, and to review the scope and effectiveness of TDA’s internal controls, including financial, operational and compliance controls.  The Committee works in cooperation with the University’s Audit Committee in the conduct of its work.  The Committee’s terms of reference may be viewed here.

Governance Codes and Guidelines

There are a number of codes and guidelines principles which govern charitable organisations. Trinity Development and Alumni, administered by Trinity Foundation engages with all of the below:

 1. The Code of Governance

Trinity Development & Alumni is compliant with the principles of the Governance Code for Community, Voluntary and Charitable Organisations which sets best practice standards in the industry, the Code registry is visible here.  Our compliance statement is available here. An ongoing self-assessment process is in place to review our work annually against the Code principles with renewal of our compliance statement due in November 2021.

2. Charities Governance Code

On 7th November 2018, the Charities Regulator launched the Charities Governance Code which sets out minimum standards for good governance.   Charities will be encouraged to work towards compliance in 2019 and will be expected to comply with the Charites Governance Code from 2020.  We are working to ensure that we comply with this deadline.

Note: The Charity Regulator has clearly stated that any already organisation already complaint with the existing Governance Code for Community, Voluntary and Charitable Organisations should easily make the transition to the new code.

3. Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising

We are compliant with the charity sector’s Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising. Our compliance statements are available to read here. Our Donor Charter outlining our commitment to be accountable and transparent to donors can be read here.

4. Guidelines for Charitable Organisations Fundraising from the Public

In September 2017, the Charities Regulator issues the Guidelines for Charitable Organisations on Fundraising from the Public (the ‘Guidelines’) to assist trustees on fundraising activities. We are currently reviewing our ‘Statement’ documentation and procedures to comply with the 2017 ‘Guidelines’. 

Feedback and Complaints Procedure

We welcome both positive and negative feedback. You can get in touch with us any time through this form, by email or by phone on + 353 1 896 2088. We are committed to ensuring that all our communications and dealings with the general public and our supporters are of the highest possible standard. We listen and respond to the views of the general public and our supporters so that we can continue to improve. We learn from complaints, use them to improve, and monitor them at our board.We aim to ensure that:

  • It is as easy as possible to make a complaint
  • We treat as a complaint any clear expression of dissatisfaction with our operations which calls for a response
  • We treat it seriously whether it is made by telephone, letter, fax, email or in person
  • We deal with it quickly and politely
  • We respond accordingly - for example, with an explanation, or an apology where we have got things wrong, and information on any action taken.

You can read more about our Feedback and Complaints Procedure here.

Data Protection

Trinity Development & Alumni (TDA) , administered from the offices of Trinity Foundation, values the protection of any information it stores about its alumni and friends. You have the right of access to your data and the right to amend the data at any time. More information on our data protection policies are available on our Privacy page.

TDA's Privacy Policy is designed to be compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation 2018 and full details of the policy are available in our Privacy Policy Notice.