Philanthropist of the Year Awards Open for Nominations

The Community Foundation for Ireland, a leading organisation dedicated to the development of philanthropy in Ireland is calling all Irish people to recognise the work of philanthropy and to send in their nominations for the Irish Philanthropist of the Year Awards 2009.

This will be the third year that the Community Foundation for Ireland will hold the Philanthropist of the Year Awards. The awards aim to recognise extraordinary individuals who have shown outstanding leadership in the area of personal philanthropy and who, through their giving, have made a remarkable difference in bringing about sustainable social change.

The awards focus on three categories, Local, National and International Philanthropist of the Year. Previous winners include:

  • JP, Mc Manus, National Philanthropist of the Year 2007,
  • Niall Mellon, International Philanthropist of the Year 2007,
  • Ralph Parkes, the first Local Philanthropist of the year in 2008,
  • Declan Ryan, National Philanthropist of the Year 2008 and
  • Jane Corboy, International Philanthropist of the Year 2008

Commenting at the launch of this year’s Awards, CEO of the Community Foundation for Ireland, Tina Roche said “This is a difficult time for all NGO’s in Ireland and worldwide. Government funding is diminishing and we need to start looking at a more sustainable and realistic approach to how funding is raised and achieved. Philanthropy and the work of philanthropists in Ireland is key to sustainable funding. It is vital that the people who are currently active in this area stand up to show what can be done and how individuals, either on a financially small or large scale, can make a huge difference to society and community life in Ireland. Philanthropy is a great model for the future and we hope to encourage more philanthropic endeavors through the recognition of the work already being done.”

Nominations are invited from the general public – including community and voluntary organisations, charities, welfare groups, arts and sports bodies, churches and foundations that work in partnership with philanthropists and have knowledge of the value and impact of the contribution and benefit that a donor has made.

Closing date for nominations is Wednesday, 15th September and nomination forms are available online at