The Irish are a giving people. We respond generously. An emergency at the other end of the earth or a tragedy or bereavement in our own community is a summons to gather around. We have deep instincts of responsibility for those in need.
However our culture of giving strategically is very underdeveloped. Wealth, even modest wealth is a relatively new phenomenon in Ireland. We lack a culture and a developed platform to allow people to give back in ways that are meaningful, impactful and long term. That is why The Community Foundation for Ireland is uniquely placed to help. We are such a platform. We have a track record of delivering impact and demonstrating staying power. We offer a way, the means and assurance of the highest levels of governance.
Philanthropy translates giving in the moment to giving that is strategic and long-term. Strategic giving tackles causes that are complex and leaves results that are lasting.
We respond to Ireland’s complex needs by building deep relationships with non-profit organisations working at the coal face. We build platforms with local communities and collaborate with the public sector. We use our knowledge to help donors translate their aspirations of giving back into effective investments of their experience and resources.
"The Community Foundation for Ireland has had the good fortune of meeting generous, strategic, engaged donors with both major and minor means. The one characteristic which joins them all is thoughtfulness. They think of others and they want to assist in building a robust dynamic society where all can live well, based on the principles of equality and fairness. They do what they can to achieve this vision and indeed increasingly want to do more. They also want to give more strategically so that they see lasting changes in their lifetimes."
Tina Roche, CEO, The Community Foundation for Ireland
For years, families, individuals, corporations and other trusts and foundations have invested their strategic giving with us. We have grown a fund of €1million in 2000 to a fund now worth over €40 million because we are trusted and have delivered.
We are about lots of causes, not just one. We fund hundreds of innovative projects addressing education, children and youth, older people, homelessness and so much more. Our current position as one of the largest grant givers in Ireland has led to real progress on challenging issues including domestic violence, penal reform and progressing LGBT+ rights. With the generosity and solidarity of committed donors, we are not afraid of tackling challenging issues at their core.
The Community Foundation for Ireland is an Irish response that both mirrors and is different from models of philanthropy worldwide. We have created funds for Ireland which addresses our country’s social needs not just for today but for the future.
Our Service Charter
We live our values by providing the best services to our stakeholders. Our Service Charter makes six pledges which all our colleagues work to uphold:
We pledge to be transparent in all our actions with all our stakeholders
We are a mission-led organisation with transparency at our core and we maintain the highest levels of governance
We pledge to respect our stakeholders’ privacy and confidentiality at all times
To support our position as Trusted Advisers, we are committed to respecting the privacy and confidentiality of donors and grantees
We pledge to demonstrate professional behaviour in all our dealings with our stakeholders
We pride ourselves on our professionalism
We pledge to be proactive and responsive in our communications with our stakeholders
We recognise that our stakeholders operate in fast-paced environments and that we must be responsive to their needs
We pledge to be consistent when dealing with our stakeholders
Our stakeholders trust us because we are consistent in how we engage with them
We pledge to listen to our stakeholders and to develop our services in response
We are constantly evaluating and improving all areas of what we do
Since 2000, we have a proven track record in helping people give back in a strategic and impactful way.
We have a dedicated and committed staff with extensive experience of philanthropy and grant making in Ireland and overseas.
We connect donors with dedicated non-profit organisations that can make the best use of their gift and we work with professional advisers to find the best charitable solutions for their clients.
We have insights and a working relationship with over 3,000 non-profit organisations at a national, regional and local level throughout Ireland.
We make giving fast, efficient and rewarding, as well as cost effective for our donors.
We are committed to ensuring that The Community Foundation for Ireland attains impeccable standards of governance and transparency and follows best international practice.