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Philanthropy Ireland | Progress in 2022

Member Impact Reports

Included here are impact reports from our members, providing real insight on the power and value of their work. Annual reports can be found on each of our members individual websites. Please let us know if you would like us to feature your report.

Community Foundation for Ireland Impact Report 2022

Rethink Ireland - 6 Years of Impact

Community Finance Ireland Impact Report 2022

Why Philanthropy Matters is a space for exploring philanthropy: what it is, how it works and why it affects all our lives.


Mercy Hospital Foundation Impact Report 2021

RDS Foundation Impact Report 2015-2019

Member Insights

In this section you will find a selection of research and reports from our members. The range includes surveys of grantees, insights on specific themes/areas of need and reviews of programmes delivered. As an active learning exchange section we welcome inclusion of any other reports you would like to share with peers and colleagues.

Social Situation in Ireland: North & South

Ireland is changing. Scoping research undertaken by St Stephens’s Green Trust provides excellent insights on areas of greatest social need on the island of Ireland. It suggests that change for the better for all, can only be achieved when specific persistent disadvantages and inequalities are named and addressed.

A Study of the Service Reform Fund (SRF)

A ‘Study of the Service Reform (SRF): Understanding Reform in National Systems’ –  published by Genio, examines the innovative approaches to implementing the SRF, an ambitious 45million national programme of change which helped expand and sustain social innovation in disability, mental health and homelessness.

Report: The Long Shadow of the Cost of Living Emergency

eople are eating less healthily and cutting down on exercise and socialising due to the cost of living, according to new research based on a YouGov poll of 2366 people from across the UK.

The Carnegie UK study urges new government support for struggling households, warning the long-term impact of these trends may be more expensive for the public purse than short-term help.

ESRI Research: Energy poverty and deprivation in Ireland

This ESRI report – funded by the Community Foundation for Ireland – explores the issue of energy poverty and deprivation in Ireland, once again to the forefront of the policy debate given recent increases in energy prices.

Report: A National Review of the Community Mothers Programme

The Katharine Howard Foundation (KHF) and the Community Foundation Ireland (CFI) have provided financial supports to the Community Mothers Programme. This programme has been an important resource
in providing early and valued support to families in their own homes and communities.

Useful Links

Philanthropy Ireland connects with peer and colleague organisations worldwide for learning and knowledge exchange. Here you will find links to key representative organisations connecting to a deep reservoir of insight and commentary on a wide range of philanthropic interests.

Alliance Magazine

The Alliance Magazine provides the global philanthropy sector with independent opinion, expert debate and trusted insight. Read their latest issues with in-depth special feature dedicated to a key aspects of global philanthropy.


EVPA is a community of organisations sharing the same vision and a common goal: creating positive societal impact through venture philanthropy. 


Philea nurtures a diverse and inclusive ecosystem of foundations, philanthropic organisations and networks working for the common good. They aim to achieve greater impact by sharing data and knowledge, exchanging best practices, connecting around common themes, engaging in policy work, and more.


ERNOP The European Research Network on Philanthropy (ERNOP) is an association founded in January 2008 by collaborating philanthropy researchers in Europe, in order to advance, coordinate and promote excellence in philanthropic research in Europe.


WINGS is a community of thought leaders and changemakers who are committed to ensuring philanthropy reaches its fullest potential as a catalyst for social progress


The European Community Foundation Initiative (ECFI) is a collaborative initiative committed to strengthening and promoting the community foundation movement in Europe.

Social Value International

Social Value International is the global network focused on social impact and social value. They aim to change the way society accounts for value through principles, practice, people and power.

Why Philanthropy Matters

Why Philanthropy Matters is a space for exploring philanthropy: what it is, how it works and why it affects all our lives. They aim to aim to make philanthropy issues engaging and accessible for as many people as possible.

Useful Templates

Here we provide suggestions for wording on key topics that have been brought to our attention. They are here as a guide only. They should be adapted and used as appropriate within organisations according to their unique perspectives and needs.

Grant Agreement Template (Short Version)

Grant Agreement Template (Full Version)

SSGT Living Wage Policy

Integrating Inclusivity Into Your Submission & Application Process: 7 Key Strategies

From Words to Action: A Practical Philanthropic Guide to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Getting Started Resources | Establishing Values

Getting Started Resources | Grantmaking Criteria

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.