The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is a voluntary led organisation. Its membership is spread throughout Ireland in more than 1,201 Conferences. (Conferences are the basic operating unit of the Society).
The Society elects a National President for a three-year term with a possible extension of two more years decided by a further election. Similar election rules apply for the 8 Regional Presidents, 116 Area Presidents and 1,201 Conference Presidents situated throughout the island of Ireland.
The Society is structured and organised according to the 'Rule' which sets out the purposes and objects of the Society. The 'Rule' reflects the basic philosophy of the Society. It complies with the international governance 'Rule' of the International Society of St Vincent de Paul based in Paris, France.