Philanthropy is a particular type of giving. It seeks to focus on the root causes of problems and to make a sustainable improvement, as distinct from contributing to immediate relief.

There is no ‘one’ or ‘best’ way to engage in philanthropic giving. Philanthropy is highly personal. But if you take a small amount of time to do some exploring, asking questions, reflecting on needs – your philanthropy can make a real difference. Giving well can be challenging, but it can multiply the potential impact of your gift.

Have you ever questioned your giving? It will help you to reflect and consider your giving. Questions to consider include:

  • What do you want to achieve (the issue to be addressed)?
  • How can you organise your giving (the model to do your giving)?
  • Who do you want give to (finding causes)?

Here we provide information and links to help you reflect and consider your giving.

Philanthropy Ireland is here to support you at any stage of your philanthropic journey, whether you are just starting out or are looking to develop your giving, and increase your impact.

Guides to Giving

Here we have included two resources to support you as you begin your philanthropic journey. If you would like more information on a specific aspect of your giving please contact Philanthropy Ireland.

Make Your Mark

‘Philanthropy: An Opportunity to Make Your Mark’ is intended for donors – those who are already giving or those who plan to give; wealth advisors; and with an interest in the area. It includes a framework for giving, discusses current approaches to philanthropy, as well as providing a snapshot on tax and legal issues relevant to philanthropic giving in Ireland.

Guide to Setting Up a Foundation

A philanthropic foundation is a vehicle that distributes donations from an individual, family or corporation to charitable causes. This guide was prepared by Philanthropy Ireland for philanthropists, potential philanthropists and key intermediaries, such as professional advisors.


Other Resources

Philanthropy Ireland maintains a full bibliography of useful resources. We would be delighted to share materials with you tailored to your particular interest. Below you will find a selection of additional resources that will help you further understand philanthropy in Ireland.

The Impact of the 2013 Change in the Tax Treatment of Charitable Donations

In July 2018, Philanthropy Ireland engaged with BDO to assess the impact of the 2013 change in tax treatment of charitable donations on donor behaviour and to analyse the value of donations made to eligible charities in Ireland.

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Giving While Living: Making a Difference

Watch the story of Atlantic Founder Chuck Feeney, the man who has inspired Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and others to devote their wealth to the service of humanity during their lifetimes.

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Benefacts Report

This is Benefacts second annual report on Irish Nonprofits

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ONE 10 2004-2013 Impact Report

Founded in January 2004, the ONE Foundation is a private Irish philanthropic foundation which spent down all its resources by the time it closed, in December 2013.

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CAF Ireland Giving 2020

CAF Ireland Giving 2020 provides us with rich understanding of the different ways people give and what they give to, as well as offering an insight into people's participation in social and civic activities. This research is an important element to assist us in understanding Irish giving so that we can work to promote strategic philanthropy in Ireland.

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DAFNE is a network of 27 donors and foundations networks from across Europe, with a collective membership of over 10,000 foundations.

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The European Research Network on Philanthropy (ERNOP) is an association and has been founded in January 2008 by collaborating philanthropy researchers in Europe, in order to advance, coordinate and promote excellence in philanthropic research in Europe.

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The European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) is a lively community of organisations sharing the same vision and a common goal: creating positive societal impact through venture philanthropy. We’ll show you how.

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Philanthropy Manifesto - For A Better Ireland

Philanthropy plays an important role in civil society, benefiting all of us. Philanthropy Ireland has created a philanthropy manifesto which we are asking Government and policymakers to embrace.

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