Nonprofit company directors and charity trustees are accountable to stakeholders rather than to owners or investors. They are responsible for governance standards - including compliance with mandatory regulation and voluntary codes - and disclosure standards. Read more about where Benefacts gets data on nonprofit directors and charity trustees.
Number of directors and trustees on nonprofit boardsSource: Benefacts 2021
While a nonprofit board typically has six members, the number is slightly higher for charities (seven) than non-charities (four). These averages are unchanged since our 2020 report. The largest boards are in education and research and the smallest in philanthropy and voluntarism, environment and international. Limited governance data is available for sports and religious organisations.
Average number of nonprofit board membersSource: Benefacts 2021
On average, nonprofit directors/charity trustees serve for 6 consecutive years. The longest average term of service is in local development, and philanthropy and voluntarism (average 7 years) and the shortest is in health, and advocacy (average 4 years)
23% of the directors/charity trustees of Irish nonprofits have served for more than 9 years – considered the maximum appropriate term for good governance.
The sectors with the greatest number of long-serving directors/charity trustees are Local Development & Housing (38%) and Recreation & Sports (36%); the sector with the lowest is Education, Research at 10%
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Our analysis of the gender profile of nonprofit boards indicates men outnumber women, with men making up 57% of nonprofit board seats. The profile of charities is slightly different with women making up 47% and men 53% of all board seats.
The average age of all nonprofit directors/charity trustees is 58.