JP McManus Foundation Gave €10.5m to Good Causes Last Year

Limerick businessman JP McManus donated over €10.5 million to causes in Limerick, nationally and abroad last year, after receiving nearly 300 submissions from charities appealing for donations.

In existence for a decade, the JP McManus Charitable Foundation Limited received submissions from 263 charities in 2009 and donated €10,569,011 to 143 charities, according to accounts filed to the Companies Registration Office last week.

The level of donations increased substantially over the past two years after the All Ireland Scholarships Fund was set up in 2007.

Over the past four years the foundation has now donated in excess of €27 million to charities, with the JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am separately raising millions of euro of funding for worthy causes.

In 2008 the foundation donated €10,7 million, €2.4 million in 2007, and €4.1 million in 2006.

The level of donations increased substantially over the past two years after the All Ireland Scholarships Fund was set up in 2007.

The fund is awarded to students from disadvantaged backgrounds on the basis of their Leaving Certificate results.

The foundation donated €9.2 million to the All Ireland Scholarships Fund last year, up by nearly €3 million from the previous year.

Among the local charities who received assistance from Mr McManus through the charitable foundation last year included Respect, a Daughters of Charity service for people with intellectual disabilities, St Munchin's Family Resource Centre, and the Southill Area Centre Ltd.

Last month, CARI, which provides counselling to child victims of sexual abuse, said their new centre on the Ennis Road would not have opened only for the generosity of Mr McManus.

Majella Ryan, head of therapy in the western region, said they "dared to dream" about having a new centre a number of years ago and it was made possible after they wrote to the foundation, while also receiving assistance from the Pro-Am.

The board of directors includes Mr McManus' wife Noreen, daughter Sue Ann, Labour deputy Jan O'Sullivan, Declan Moylan (Snr), who works with Mr McManus, solicitor Gordon Holmes and accountant P Gerard Boland. The board of the foundation meets several times each year, and has clear terms of reference in deciding who receives funding. Mr McManus donated €6 million to the foundation in 2008.

The JP McManus Invitational ProAm, held in Adare every five years, also supports charities in the Mid-West with €55 million raised since the golf tournament's inception in 1990.

(source: Limerick Leader)