Our Vision

Our Vision

What we stand for

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. No government is effective without the participation of people. There is more to be done and philanthropy has a crucial role to play. No one knows what the future holds but whatever future we face The Community Foundation for Ireland will be here to support an equitable, thriving, caring society.

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Our Values


We are trustworthy, transparent and accountable.


We listen and learn. Relationships matter.

Diversity & Inclusion

We embrace diverse perspectives, voices and experiences.


We lead and support transformative change.

Our Commitment

"Ireland is still developing its understanding of and commitment to philanthropy. While charity can be seen to relieve the pains of social problems, philanthropy attempts to solve those problems at their root causes; that has been the vision we have sought to progress through the work of The Community Foundation for Ireland."

Anna Lee, Board member

We empower people who want to make a difference through a model of strategic giving which is effective and delivers.

We connect the generosity of donors with the energy, ideas and time of people in the community.

We work with individuals and families, corporations and charitable agencies to create permanent endowment funds and then use the income to support causes around the country. The original capital is endowed so that it generates income in perpetuity. 

Every year, through the generous support of our donors, we fund hundreds of innovative projects – large and small – in areas such as homelessness, children and youth issues, older people, women’s issues, health, ethnic minorities and LGBT+.

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