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Irish cancer charity's income down 30%

Irish cancer charity's income down 30%

One of ’s highest profile cancer charities, the Marie Keating Foundation, saw its income drop 30% last year. Income declined from €1.96 million in 2007 to €1.37 million in 2008.

The fall in income, however, may be more a product of the Foundation’s good performance in 2007 than a downward trend, as income in 2005 and 2006 was around €1.3 million.

The results for 2008 were also qualified by the charity’s auditors, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), who said the audit was limited in scope as a result of difficulties establishing income from fundraising events, according to reports in the Sunday Tribune.

A qualified opinion is issued by an independent auditor when the scope of the audit has been restricted in some manner or the financial records have departed from generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).

PwC said “we have been unable to satisfy ourselves that all transactions were completely and correctly recorded.”

Paul Artherton has a BA (Hons) Degree from Queen’s University and a MA Degree in Journalism from Pennsylvania State University. He has worked in PR and fundraising for over 27 years. Previously assistant director for fundraising and public relations at the Simon Community Northern Ireland for seven years, for the last 17 years he has run his own fundraising consultancy business specialising in fundraising, sponsorship, public relations and recruitment. His clients have included charities, private sector and public bodies. Examples include the Ulster Cancer Foundation, Simon Communities of Ireland, NI Hospice, North and West Belfast Health and Social Services Trust, Aiken Promotions, the Industrial Development Board and the Ulster Museum. He has lectured on voluntary sector management at Queens University Belfast Institute for Continuing Education. Since 2010 Paul has been a lay member of the NI Charity Tribunal.

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