Good Giving

How do you ensure what you give really makes a difference?

A donation can be a drop in the ocean – or part of a wave that brings real and lasting change. 

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 strategically can be challenging, but it can multiply the potential impact of your gift.

When thinking about your giving, consider the following questions:

  • 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)?

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 to increase your impact.

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 anyone 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.

Useful Links & Resources

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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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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Joe Quinsey

Joined the Board in January 2021

Joe Quinsey, currently CEO of DCU Educational Trust, has over 30 years’ senior-level experience covering both industry and the non-profit sector. Previous non-profit roles include CEO of The Children’s Medical & Research Foundation and Director of Change for the Rehab Group, whilst his industry experience includes senior finance, commercial and general management roles in blue chip multi-nationals, Diageo and CRH. A chartered management accountant by profession, Joe also holds an MBA from Dublin City University

Brid Cannon

Bríd is an Associate Director in Risk Consulting. She commenced her career working in private equity and investment management and has since built over 10 years’ experience in professional services.

Bríd advises clients on matters relating to governance, conduct, regulation and compliance. Previous engagements include working as Authorised Officer for the Central Bank of Ireland on conduct related issues; advising an international insurance group on the authorisation process and also an international banking group on compliance relating to its private banking business. She has significant experience in Individual Accountability, Fitness and Probity having advised both Irish and UK institutions on their obligations in these areas.