Standing Together in Sector Solidarity

Philanthropy Ireland, with our members being funders and supporters of the not for profit sector, recognise that COVID-19 is an exceptional event that will have significant impact on civil society organisations and NGOs throughout Ireland.  We believe that working together during this testing time to provide reassurance and support to civil society is essential in this difficult period for the sector.
We are committed to being good partners and a source of meaningful support during the coming weeks and months so that civil society groups can focus on the vital work of supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.
To support organisations affected by the COVID-19 outbreak we are urging grant funders to commit to:

  • Adapting activities – recognising that agreed outcomes may not be achieved in timeframes originally set.
  • Discussing dates – to alleviate any added pressure on organisations to meet tight reporting deadlines.
  • Financial flexibility – where possible allowing organisations to use funding differently to ensure their work can continue.
  • Listening – encouraging open and frank conversations between funders and grantees in a spirit of cooperation and collaboration in support of needs.

Although commitment to this statement is being coordinated by Philanthropy Ireland, it is not only for our members but is open to all funders of civil society organisations. If you are a funder and would like to add your voice to this commitment, please email us via –


Philanthropy Ireland’s Reponse to COVID-19

We have closed our office but are all working from home and can be contacted by phone or by email
as usual.

Events: We think it is essential that we continue to bring donors and organisations together to share
good practice and build knowledge, skills and confidence – perhaps now more than ever. While all
planned meeting events to end of April are cancelled, we are working to provide online opportunities
for engagement.

Communications: We will provide timely and relevant information to members through our usual
communications channels (PI Blog, Twitter, LinkedIn, E-Zine). To address issues in the current
challenging times, we have recently launched an online resource portal for members providing
information and materials on philanthropy during this time of crisis.

Collaboration: We are in constant communication with other infrastructure bodies and members to
ensure needs are being met and, importantly, that civil society’s voice is being heard within
government. We are undergoing discussions to ensure we can maintain support to our members in
whatever way we can. We welcome any contact or suggestions for further engagement.

Queries: If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us either online or by email

Wishing all our colleagues, peers, stakeholders and communities every good wish at this time. We
very much look forward to further collaboration in the future.

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