Ireland's Philantrophic Giving is €200 Less per person per annum than the UK

(26 Sep 2017)
















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.

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 (26th 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.


About 2into3

2into3 transforms not-for-profits through consulting, recruitment and research. Our team builds capacity through fundraising strategy development, organisational strategy development, talent acquisition, change management and evidence-informed decision-making.

About The Community Foundation for Ireland

The Community Foundation for Ireland is a philanthropic organisation which seeks just and progressive social change. It provides a long-term source of independent funding for the community and voluntary sector, mostly in Ireland. The Foundation empowers people who want to make a difference through a model of philanthropy that is based on trust, effectiveness and impact by helping donors to cause sustainable change. The Foundation currently manages over 60 donor advised funds. The Foundation awards grants from its own funds in addition to the grants it administers on behalf of others. 2016 was a record-breaking year. The Foundation made grants of almost €6million and reached the milestone of €30million in cumulative grants since establishment in 2000. The Foundation has built an endowment fund of over €40 million.

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