How We Work

How We Work

We care for the assets entrusted to us and we invest in the people, ideas and activities that strengthen our community. We are YOUR community foundation.

We reflect your values, hopes and experiences. That’s why we offer a range of giving options to help you give confidently and efficiently. As a donor, you’ll have access to many charitable giving resources – including our knowledgeable staff – for timely, personal advice and assistance about charitable giving.

"The Community Foundation for Ireland plays a valuable role in contributing to fundamental social change in communities across the country. The social issues on which they have focused their work engage with some of the most marginalised and excluded communities and groups in our society; including many who fall outside of the work of the more traditional philanthropic model. Those who have been enpowered by The Community Foundation for Ireland include the homeless, victims of domestic abuse, citizens from ethnic minority groups, those who devote their time to caring for sick and elderly relatives and many other members of our society who, for a variety of reasons, so often feel condemned to half-lives, shawdowed by loneliness, fear or rejection."

Michael D. Higgins, President and Patron of The Community Foundation for Ireland


Why partner with us

By partnering with The Community Foundation for Ireland, you get the benefit of an experienced, respected and flexible partner, committed to helping you to optimise your giving. Since 2000, we empower donors who want to make a real difference in their communities by tackling social issues effectively.

Community foundations are a proven and effective model of philanthropy – the first community foundation was set up over one hundred years ago and there are now some 1,800 globally. Starting with €1million in 2000, our endowed fund is now in excess of €40million and we are one of Ireland’s largest philanthropic funders.

Please contact our Head of Development, Jackie Harrison if you would like to learn more or discuss your options, E: jharrison@foundation.ie  T: 01 874 7354

Experience matters

Experience matters

Since 2000, we have a proven track record in empowering donors who want to make a real difference in their communities by tackling social issues effectively.

Knowledge matters

Knowledge matters

We have dedicated and committed staff who have extensive experience of philanthropy and grant making in Ireland and overseas.

Connections matter

Connections matter

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.

Relationships matter

Relationships matter

We have insights and working relationships with over 4000 non-profit organisations at a national, regional and local level throughout Ireland.

Results matter

Results matter

We make giving fast, efficient and rewarding as well as cost effective for our donors.

Governance matters

Governance matters

We have a strong commitment to ensuring that The Community Foundation for Ireland attains impeccable standards of governance and transparency and follows best international practice.

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