Funding

Benefacts 2019

Fewer than 2,500 nonprofits rely on the State for part of their funding. Additional funding comes  from earned and unearned sources including donations and fundraising from Ireland and overseas. The profile of income sources varies a lot from sector to sector.

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At €5.9bn, Government was the biggest single source of funding in 2017 – amounting to 8.4% of all current Government expenditure that year.

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Profile of Third Sector revenues in 2017

At €5.9bn, Government was the biggest single source of funding in 2017 – amounting to 8.4% of all current Government spending that year - but the profile varies a lot from sector to sector.

State funding to the Third Sector

Social services is the most heavily reliant on Government funding and religious organisations least, with many sub-sectors sectors deriving more funding from donations and earnings than from the State. Progressively poorer disclosures - even by charities and Government-funded nonprofits – makes year-on-year comparison difficult.

Third Sector fundraising costs

Within 62 dedicated fund-raising charities, professional fundraising costs are about 10% of the value of income raised, lower than in the previous year.

Philanthropic giving by institutional type

At €119m, philanthropic gifts, whether by Irish or Non-Irish philanthropies are a marginal and declining source of revenue for most Irish nonprofits.

Trends in giving by international philanthropies

Gifts from overseas foundations continue to decline as a proportion of all philanthropic donations to the Third Sector in Ireland