National Philanthropy Policy:

Philanthropy Ireland welcomes the publication of a draft National Philanthropy Policy. This is a vital step for the growth and development of philanthropy in Ireland for the benefit of our society. The framing of policy provides scope for collaborative development of models of philanthropy, promoting a culture of giving to positively impact on key social needs.


Philanthropy has played a critical role in developed and developing societies. It contributes to resolving issues and addressing needs strategically and with consideration. As an independent funding model, philanthropy can provide scope for innovating and testing models of intervention, embracing risk as a necessary element in achieving change.

A vibrant philanthropic sector working in partnership and collaboration with government will maximise benefits to Irish society. Philanthropy has played a significant role in turning the dial on many social issues and needs. Many challenges remain and many more will likely emerge.


There is real opportunity to grow philanthropy, by deepening understanding, building a supportive operating environment and by recognising the added value of philanthropic giving. I am very grateful to all who have supported this process to date. In working together, we can identify changes necessary as we build a shared vision for the future of philanthropy in Ireland for the benefit of society.

Éilis Murray, CEO of Philanthropy Ireland

The significant contribution and collaboration of many stakeholders has been a vital support throughout the process. Their input and engagement provided a richness of perspectives and insights which are fundamental to building a shared vision for the future of philanthropy in Ireland.

We would like to thank Minister Joe O’Brien, T.D. and the team in the Department of Rural and Community Development for their ongoing commitment and their leadership in bringing this policy forward. This is a significant and welcome development.

While there remains much to be achieved, policy framework provides a solid base from which to build. We look forward to continued engagement to collectively identify and advance key actions to ensure the policy delivers the impact intended.