The Community Foundation for Ireland has provided over €30 million to the community and voluntary sector in Ireland since 2000 with almost €6 million in grants awarded in 2016

The Community Foundation for Ireland has provided over €30 million to the community and voluntary sector in Ireland since 2000 with almost €6 million in grants awarded in 2016

Posted on December 22, 2016

The Community Foundation for Ireland, one of Ireland’s leading philanthropic organisations has today announced that over €30 million has been provided in grants to the community and voluntary sector, mainly in Ireland, since they opened their doors in 2000.

The Community Foundation for Ireland works with philanthropic donors who want to create long-term impact in their communities. Throughout 2016 they worked with over 70 funds including corporate funds, family funds, individual funds and legacies, providing advice, guidance and essential grant-making services to empower people and organisations who want to make a difference through a model of philanthropy based on trust, effectiveness and impact.

The Community Foundation has a working relationship with over 4,000 community and voluntary organisations in Ireland and ensures the funding entrusted to The Community Foundation is used appropriately in accordance with the highest standards of governance.

In 2016 alone The Community Foundation and its donors granted almost €6 million to important causes, their highest grant-making year to date. Here is a breakdown of 2015/16 giving by social issue:

  • Children and young people- 31.8%
  • Poverty and homelessness- 21.5%
  • Education- 14.4%
  • Other- 9%
  • Older people- 6.4%
  • Health- 5.7%
  • Community development- 4.3%
  • Minority groups- 4%
  • Women’s issues- 3.1%

Tina Roche CEO, The Community Foundation for Ireland commented, “The Community Foundation for Ireland has had the great fortune to work with some of the most generous, strategic and engaged donors in Ireland over our last 16 years, with both major and minor needs. They think of others and they want to assist in building a robust, dynamic society. Our donors are at the heart of The Foundation and with our help ensure that funding is provided to core areas of Irish society. The road to social justice is a long and winding one and by bringing influential and generous donors together through The Community Foundation we hope to create an inclusive and equal Ireland”.

 Over the last 16 years, The Community Foundation has also celebrated those who have made remarkable contributions to Irish society through their Philanthropist of the Year Awards. Previous winners include Brendan O ‘Carroll, Keith Duffy and most recently Martin and Carmel Naughton. These prestigious awards provide an opportunity to thank and commemorate the work of these life-changing philanthropists and encourage others who wish to give to do so in a way that is impactful and strategic, no matter what the size of the gift. 2017’s Philanthropist of the Year Awards will take place in Dublin on February 8th 2017.