About Us

Philanthropy Ireland (PI) is the representative body for the philanthropic sector in Ireland with our members disbursing over €200m annually, delivering support to over 2,000 projects and groups in communities across Ireland and overseas.

For over two decades we have been representing a broad range of philanthropic interests, making it easier for donors to strategically support the causes they care most about.

Working with our members we promote the development of Philanthropy and good giving practice in Ireland. In collaboration and partnership with a cross-section of organisations we aim to maximise the impact of giving, making real and lasting change for the benefit of our society.

Our Mission

To strengthen the social sector by advancing knowledge, understanding and practice of philanthropy.

Our Board

Bernard Kirk Chairperson
Eoghan Stack
Alma Curran
Faye Walsh Drouillard
Ronan Headon
Patricia Hunt

Since our foundation in 1998, PI has grown from a small informal network to a professional organisation counting a broad range of philanthropic interests. Working in collaboration with a cross section of organisations, both national and international, we promote the concept of philanthropy, contribute to policy development, and advocate best practice for philanthropy and impactful giving.

“I became convinced that there was greater satisfaction from giving my money away and seeing something come out of the ground, like a hospital or a university.”

- Chuck Feeney - Atlantic Philanthropies

PI is active in the development of philanthropy in Ireland, supporting donors so that the impact of philanthropy is maximized.

Our ambition is for an active, vibrant philanthropic sector and culture in Ireland, comprised of various models of philanthropy, responding creatively and strategically to the many needs of the range of worthy causes in need of support. We seek to inspire regular, long-term contributions to good causes, building a dynamic community of engaged donors in Ireland.

We work in collaboration and partnership with a cross-section of organisations, both national and international.

While 85% of people in Ireland give to charity, per capita contribution is behind the European average. Philanthropy Ireland aims to change this and to encourage people to give more and give more strategically.


Philanthropy Ireland is dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of good
governance. We are committed to ensuring transparency within our organisation. We prepare trustee annual report and annual financial statement in compliance with the charities SORP.

By 2020, our Board will have adopted the Charities Regulator Code as devised by the CRA.


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