Fundraised Income Increased by 7% in 2014 Despite Charity Scandals

In a landmark research report published in November 2016 the scale of Ireland’s charitable giving was revealed as €845million from philanthropic sources.

Dennis O'Connor 2 into 3 and Mairéad Divilly at the launch of the report

However, at €183 per capita, Ireland is lagging considerably behind U.K. levels of giving at €368 per capita. The figures are revealed in “The Not-for-Profit Sector: Fundraising Performance Report 2016” published by 2into3 and supported by Mazars.

The report reveals the total fundraised income from philanthropic sources in 2013, the fundraising performance of the sector, the fundraising mix in 2013 compared to 2012 and the cost of fundraising by method. State funding accounted for 43% of this total income, an increase of 4% in 2014 from 2013.

Launching the report today, Dennis O’Connor, Director of 2into3 said more must be done by the State and the public to support the not-for-profit sector and work collectively to achieve U.K levels of charitable giving. Speaking at the launch in the Royal Dublin Society, Mr. O’Connor said:

Irish Philanthropy or charitable giving is significantly lower, per capita and as a proportion of GDP, than the U.K. It is not unreasonable for Ireland to achieve a further €874million per annum in line with U.K  levels and this would make a considerable impact to support those in need. It is a goal very worthy of pursuing.”

Also speaking at the launch was Mairead Divilly of Mazars which sponsored the report research and publication who said:

"While the improved regulation that the sector is seeing is to be welcomed, there is a good argument for making the publication of annual reports and financial statements mandatory for all not-for-profits. As the sector continues to face regular stories of mismanagement and poor governance, surely now is the time to consider making SORP (or an equivalent) and the Governance Code mandatory for all charitable organisations in receipt of public funding. Some consolidation of the sector may be required in order to ensure organisational efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability."

The report is based on analysis of the 2014 accounts of nearly 1,000 organisations.

About 2into3

2into3 are Ireland's specialist advisors and capacity builders for the not-for-profit sector. Since 2006 2into3 have assisted a wide range of not-for-profits by providing consulting, recruitment, research and capacity building services. 2into3 provides a Quarterly Fundraising Monitor service offering subscribed organisations with frequent and comprehensive information on Ireland’s fundraising landscape.