Philanthropy has immense potential to be a driver of change in Ireland and its support has made significant strides towards meeting the targets of SDGs. At Philanthropy Ireland, we analysed 1500+ social initiatives in the country that were supported by 24 philanthropic organisations between 2018 and 2021. The results indicated that a total of 1153 initiatives that received a total grant support of over €110 Million contributed towards advancing 14 of the 17 SDGs.
On December 1st, the Department of Rural and Community Development hosted a consultation workshop to inform the advancement of a National Philanthropy Policy. It was held in advance of the 10th International Conference of the European Research Network on Philanthropy (ERNOP) being hosted by the Sutherland School of Law at University College Dublin (UCD), in partnership with Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and Philanthropy Ireland (PI).
These are the words which resonate on many levels from the discussions at our recent philanthropy symposium. From developing policy for philanthropy to engaging with philanthropy – private or corporate, to building understanding and awareness of giving, or acting on hope that things can be different – it was all about the now!