Posted on February 08, 2017
The winners of our ninth annual Philanthropist of the Year awards were announced at a luncheon hosted by Marian Finucane in Dublin on the 8th February. This year’s winners are:
- Maurice Healy as National Philanthropist of the Year for his significant support for a number of charities including Social Entrepreneurs Ireland (SEI), An Cosan and Anam Cara.
- Applegreen as Corporate Philanthropist of the Year as they have generated over €1million in support for a number of children’s charities including Barnardos, ISPCC and Debra.
- SAP as International Philanthropist of the Year for their African Coding Week initiative which to date has supported over 400,000 young people in Africa.
Commenting on the award winners, Tina Roche, CEO, The Community Foundation for Ireland stated:
“Within The Community Foundation for Ireland, we believe that a strong trust and foundation sector is an inherent part of a healthy democracy. Philanthropy provides an alternative source of funding, which is much needed in Ireland given the traditional over reliance on state funding. Philanthropy also provides a form of social engagement – allowing those who have done well in society to give back. But perhaps most importantly in these turbulent times, philanthropy is crucial in questioning and challenging the status quo and in supporting marginalised communities and advocacy. I congratulate these wonderful winners as we hope they will inspire many more individuals and companies to give strategically and with impact.”