The Award is operated under the terms of a Memorandum and Articles of Association which provides for a governing Council appointed by the relevant Government Minister, currently the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald T. D. to manage and develop the Award Programme.
Gaisce - Gradam an Uachtaráin is a Private Company, limited by guarantee and not having a share capital; is registered with the Companies Registration Office (Company Registration Number 251020) and is a registered Charity with the Revenue Commissioners (Charity Number CHY 8482).
The Council is appointed for a three year term and comprises of President’s Award Leaders, Gaisce alumni, business supporters and those with relevant experience. The nomination of Council includes the appointment of a Chairman.
Gaisce is fully tax compliant and has an up to date Tax Clearance Certificate from Revenue (Reference 04723849-28167F - copy available on request). Gaisce’s financial year is 31 December and its accounts are audited annually by PricewaterhouseCoopers. Gaisce’s legal advisors are A&L Goodbody, solicitors.
The company delivers the Award and discharges the full range of corporate governance responsibilities as required by company law.
Gaisce has a staff of six fulltime permanently employed people and three permanent part time people. A person is also employed to operate the Award in Northern Ireland under the administration of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
Gaisce is part funded by a grant in aid from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and from its own private fundraising mainly from companies who are referred to as Advisory Members. Funding has decreased over the past three years and continues to decrease, making things difficult as the number of participants and volunteers continues to rise but with resources reducing.
A similar Award programme exists in 135 countries worldwide. The first of these Award programmes was the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award which was established by Prince Philip in the UK in 1956. These Award programmes take their standards from and are coordinated by the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Association (IAA) in London. The IAA has a triennial conference known as a World Forum which governs the Award worldwide and is administered between forums on an annual basis by the International Council. Gaisce is a fully accredited and highly thought of member of the IAA and is a member of the International Council at present.