Posted on February 07, 2018
Now in their 10th year, The Community Foundation for Ireland’s Philanthropist of the Year Awards recognises extraordinary leadership in the area of philanthropy. The winners, through their giving, have all made a remarkable difference in bringing about sustainable social impact and tangible change in their communities.
Since 2007, the Philanthropist of the Year award has recognised thirty winners across various categories, recognising strategic giving from individuals, families, corporates, trusts and foundations.
Whilst acknowledging that many people, including many of the donors who work with us through our Donor Advised Funds prefer to give in a low profile and anonymous way, The Community Foundation for Ireland sees the need for positive role models as a way of raising awareness of the value, impact and individuality of strategic giving.
Award winners receive a piece of sculpture designed by Ronan Halpin, which captures the essence of philanthropy and relates to the old truism that if you give a man a fish you let him eat for a day, teaching a man to fish however feeds him for a lifetime.
Within The Community Foundation for Ireland, we believe in an Ireland where everyone feels they belong. An Ireland where people are equal and communities thrive. An Ireland where everyone has a voice. We stand for a fair, caring and vibrant Ireland for now and the future.
Government bears the main responsibility but no government can meet every social need or has the flexibility to adapt to every issue. There is more to be done and philanthropy has a crucial role to play. In highlighting outstanding leadership in the area of philanthropy, the Philanthropist of the Year Awards show what can be done and how strategic giving can make a real difference in bringing about sustainable social change.