Exploring the possibilities through a climate & environmental lens

Annual Donor Symposium 2022
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How Can Philanthropy be a driver for change? This is the question we posed at our 2022 Annual Donor Symposium held on the 16th November in the Merrion Room in the RDS.

On this occasion we chose to explore the question through the lens of climate.
A clear vision, partnership, and collaboration – these were the factors that resonated with our panellists.

From left to right, Vincent Wall, Broadcaster, Jason Sherlock, Director of Development, DCU Trust, Anegla McCarthy CEO, The Earth Foundation, Éilis Murray, CEO, Philanthropy Ireland, Norman Crowley, Founder & Chairman, CoolPlanet, Peter McGarry, Founder,The Earth Foundation.

Can we move from 'What Is' to

The discussions at the symposium were largely focused on exploring how philanthopy can be part of the solution. Hear from Éilis Murray, CEO, Philanthropy Ireland as she sets the context for discussions:

Summary pieces from our inspiring speakers have been collated below:

People who have the money need to get involved more in the philanthropic endeavour.

Norman Crowley, Founder & Chairman, CoolPlanet

Norman shared with us about:

Why get involved in climate issues?
What was learned from his experience of giving?
Why is adequate resourcing so important?

Have that vision clear and collaborate.

Peter McGarry Founder, The Earth Foundation & Angela McCarthy CEO, The Earth Foundation


Peter and Angela shared with us about:

What inspired The Earth Foundation?
How to educate, inspire, mentor, empower?
What is important in philanthropic giving?

Corporate Partners want to actively engage.

Jason Sherlock Director of Development, DCU Trust


Jason shared with us about:

What innovative climate initiatives are underway?
How can we find common ground?
What is important to Corporate partners?

So much more can be done when we collaborate.

Bairbre Nic Aongusa Assistant Secretary General, Department of Rural and Community Development


Bairbre shared with us about:

What climate and philanthropy partnerships are happening?
What is the commitment to Policy for Philanthropy?
What is the Department Vision for Communities?


The lively interview and discussion with the panellists made philanthropy very real and highlighted the shared passion, commitment and determination needed to turn a philanthropic concept into into reality.

From developing a national policy on philanthropy, to bringing a philanthropic concept to reality –whether private or corporate – it was all about vision, partnership and collaboration.


Our sincere thanks to:
all our panellists for their time and valuable insights
Department of Rural and Community Development, Medtronic and O’Kennedy Consulting for their support towards the event.