New Report Lays Bare the Deficit of Irish Philanthropy

2into3 Fundraising Report 2017: Ireland's Philantrophic Giving is €200 Less per person per annum than the UK

  • Fundraised income increased by 6% in 2015, Rising for 6th consecutive year
  • Irelands per-capita-giving is €176; compared to €386 in the U.K and €832 in the U.S
  • Faith based giving surged 74%
  • Average cost to raise €1 in 2015 was 29c.

In a landmark research report published today (26 September 2017) the scale of Ireland’s charitable giving was revealed as €823million from philanthropic sources. However, at €176 per capita, Ireland is lagging considerably behind U.K. levels of giving at €376 per capita.

The figures are revealed in “The Not-for-Profit Sector: Fundraising Performance Report 2017” published by 2into3 ( and supported by the Community Foundation.

The report reveals the total fundraised income from philanthropic sources in 2015, the fundraising performance of the sector, the fundraising mix in 2014 and the cost of fundraising by method. State funding accounted for 47% of total income, an increase of 4% in 2015 from 2014.

Speaking at the launch in the Royal Dublin Society, Dennis O’Connor, Director of 2into3 said:

“The widening gap to U.K giving levels is not simply due to differences in wealth but is influenced by absence of donor incentive to give in Ireland’s tax code, greater levels of transparency in the U.K and a more developed planned giving culture.”

Jackie Harrison of the Community Foundation, which funded the research said:

 “We need to look at ways to encourage more strategic and larger scale giving in Ireland. A growth in Ireland. A growth in such philanthropic giving could make a valuable contribution across many areas of Irish society.”

The full report can be read an downloaded here.

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Pictured at the Irish Not-for-Profit Sector: Fundraising Performance Report 2017 Launch at the RDS. L-R: Amy Power, 2into3. John Farrelly, CEO, Charites Regulatory Authority. Deirdre Garvey, CEO, The Wheel. Jackie Harrison, Head of Development, The Community Foundation.