Fundraising Ireland invites fundraisers from the non-for-profit sector to sign-up to a professional, well regulated association.

Fundraising Ireland, the association for professional fundraisers in Ireland, is launching its membership programme on the 13th October 2010 at the new Convention Centre Dublin (CCD). This development represents a significant milestone for both the organisation and all those engaged in charitable fundraising in Ireland. There are 7,400 organisations operating in Ireland with a charitable status, 10% of which account for the 90% of funds raised in any year.

Speaking in advance of the launch Mary O’Kennedy, Chair of Fundraising Ireland, said “The launch of our membership programme will support Fundraising Ireland in delivering its mission to foster excellence in fundraising and promote best practice across the sector. Membership will ensure that Ireland has a vigorous, professional and well-networked national body to represent and support those engaged in fundraising within the not-for-profit sector by providing them with the education, training, mentoring and guidance they need to maximise their fundraising potential.”

To coincide with the launch of membership, Fundraising Ireland is hosting a training seminar entitled 'Using Your Database to Build Better Relationships with Donors'. This event is designed to show fundraisers how to maximise returns on donor appeals, improve evaluation and planning and make fundraising more personalised and effective by making the most of their databases. Topics to be addressed on the day will include how to make more effective use of a charity’s database, maximising knowledge about donors and how to refine a donor strategy through using a supporter database.

These questions and more will be explored by a panel of diverse professionals from both database providers and not-for-profit organisations.

In addition to the launch of membership, Fundraising Ireland will also be launching a new website and a new brand identity.


About Fundraising Ireland:

In 2007, a small group of passionate fundraisers came together sharing a common vision to develop a strong, well-networked fundraising sector in Ireland. All these individuals had long considered the need for an association for fundraisers and their discussions led to the establishment of Fundraising Ireland.

For the next two years, a voluntary steering group worked to promote best practice in fundraising, represent the profession of fundraising in the process of evolving charity and fundraising regulation and enable fundraisers in Ireland to network.

In May 2009, Fundraising Ireland was incorporated as a limited company without share capital and elected its first Board of Directors, who act in a voluntary capacity.  

From 2007 to 2009, Fundraising Ireland introduced a series of successful events and seminars. During this time, participation and interest in its offerings continued to grow. In March 2009, the National Fundraising Conference was introduced. The 2010 conference, which took place in March, was oversubscribed and the event was widely acknowledged to have been a great success.  Fundraising Ireland has grown from strength to strength and now interacts with over 1,200 individuals involved in fundraising across the country.

In 2011, Fundraising Ireland will launch a mentoring programme and an accredited, certified fundraising education programme.