Our members support and work with 60+ categories of causes. Here are some examples of the projects supported by philanthropy in Ireland, providing a flavour of what can be achieved.

In 2018, the Applegreen Charitable Fund announced the continuance of their support for Debra Ireland for a second two-year term. Such strategic engagement and support is facilitating key developments in the delivery of their
core services.

The Early Learning Initiative at the National College of Ireland is supported by Ireland Funds. The Parent Child Home Program (PCHP) provides home visits to PCHP families, supporting parents and instilling a love of learning in young children. Dr. Josephine Bleach, Director of the Early Learning Initiative at the National College of Ireland writes here about the transformation impact of PCHP and how the Ireland Funds’ support is enabling young people achieve their dreams.

With the support of Rethink Ireland, Intercultural Language Service was set up by Dr Peter Sheekey. In Dublin, Dr Sheekey identified over 100,000 people who did not have the recommended level of English to survive in Irish society. It’s likely that they also lacked the knowledge or access to Irish social systems, to community networks and to education and training. 


Philanthropy Manifesto - For a Better Ireland

The “Irish Philanthropy Manifesto” is a call to Irish politicians and policy makers to work towards an
agreed Alliance for Philanthropy including recognition of philanthropy at public policy level, supporting
an enabling environment for the development of philanthropy and decreasing barriers for philanthropy,
in order to leverage the impact of donors’ & foundations’ spending of private resources for public good. 


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

The last significant change to the enabling environment was the tax change on the
treatment of charitable donations implemented in 2013. This change was introduced
against the backdrop of a significantly different operating environment to that of

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My Kinsey Report - Reimagining European philanthropy
One10 2004-2013 The One Foundation 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. Over ten years, ONE Foundation spent more than €85 million targeting solutions in relation to our goals in the fields of Disadvantaged Children and Families, Youth Mental Health, Integration, and Social Entrepreneurship in both Ireland and Vietnam.

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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.