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Wednesday 31 May 2023 Dublin: 12°C

# Charities

This year
# Earthquake
Irish aid organisations seek support for emergency earthquake response in Turkey and Syria
The death toll from the quake has above 11,700 this afternoon.
Last year
# birdwatch ireland
Charities Regulator identifies several financial oversight failings at Birdwatch Ireland
The regulator was informed of concerns at the charity in 2019.
# Your Say
Poll: When was the last time you donated to a charity?
The Late Late Toy Show fundraiser raised over €6.6 million in November 2021.
# Mental Health
'Filling a gap': Does Ireland rely too much on mental health charities?
What role do charities play in providing mental health supports in Ireland?
# Advice
Charities regulator urges public to make sure they're donating to legitimate organisations
It is against the law to set up an unregistered charity.
# ichh
Recommendations for reform of garda vetting pushed back due to 'complex' nature of review
An inter-departmental group was due to submit its recommendations at the end of 2021 but this deadline was missed.
All time
# A helping hand
Over 1,200 dinners to be delivered to older people living alone on Christmas Day
The Order of the Knights of St Columbanus, Irish Rural Link and Alone are teaming up to provide the service.
# inner city helping homeless
Dublin homeless charity suspends employee as inquiry launched over 'serious matters'
The Charities Regulator has been contact in relation to the matter.
# charities regulator
Two in five Irish people have donated more than €100 to charities in the past year
Of those donating, 52% are donating to charity at least every two months.
# helping hands
Practical ways to help people who are homeless this Christmas
It can be as simple as saying hello to someone when you see them on the streets.
# Charities
Here's a list of Irish charities that have launched Christmas appeals
It’s the time of giving, after all.
# charities regulator
Over 10,000 charities now registered in Ireland, 8% with annual income more than €1m
The Charities Regulator described 2019 as its “busiest year to date”.
# ge2020
Charities and community groups pen open letter to politicians urging them not to use 'hate speech'
Groups including Amnesty International Ireland have called for politicians to avoid hate speech during their campaigns.
# season of giving
€5m fund means charities can claim VAT relief for the first time from January
Under the scheme, charities will receive a refund of their VAT costs based on the level of non-public funding they receive.
# charities regulator
Irish charities have an annual income of €14.5 billion and employ 189,000 people
Some 300,000 volunteers donate 67.9 million hours per year.
# Barbara Flynn
High Court strikes out challenge by charity boss over €84,000 payments to her parents
Barbara Flynn had called a report by the Charities Regulator as “fundamentally flawed”.
# Global Citizen Award
'Irish people are very generous, partly because of the effect the Famine had on us'
Éamonn Meehan, Trócaire’s Executive Director, on why thinking globally is more important than ever in 2018.
# charity report
Irish nonprofits: Most are located in Dublin, and the sector takes in €12bn a year
A report published today has looked at the scale and value of the Irish not-for-profit sector.
# rules and regulations
There's a new guide for how charities can promote political causes without breaking the rules
It describes the limited circumstances when a political cause can be promoted by a charity.
# charities regulator
House-to-house donations: Public urged to be wary of unregistered charities
The Charities Regulator has received a number of reports of unregistered groups collecting donated items.
# Public Opinion
'If you're transparent you'll survive, if you're not you won't': The Charities Regulator wants to hear from the public
The Charities Regulator is seeking the general public’s opinion on how Irish charities should be governed going forward.
# Charities
Poll: Does it bother you when you're approached by charity fundraisers on the street?
New charity guidelines say that fundraising activities “will not be unreasonably persistent or intrusive”.
# Chuggers
'If you walk down the street and someone asks you something you're able to say no and be left alone'
New guidelines have been put in place for charity fundraising.
# Ataxia Ireland
Charity boss launches legal battle into regulator's findings around €84,000 payments to her parents
Barbara Flynn called the report “fundamentally flawed” after it found that €84,009 was paid to two former trustees – her parents.
# Red Handed
Eleven 'charity shops' that weren't charities have been caught breaking the rules
Action has been taken by the Charities Regulator over the last year.
# take action
'No one should suffer alone, suicide is a community issue and everyone's business'
It’s World Suicide Prevention Day today. Here’s what events are happening to mark it.
# rent pressure zones
Laws trying to combat rising rents are being 'flouted by landlords'
Charities have expressed serious concern has private market rents continue to grow.
# raise and give
GoFundMe appeals are more popular than ever. How are established charities competing?
Charities big and small have gone online, and personal stories point the way towards attracting donors in their droves.
# good news
Two leading charities, Oxfam Ireland and GOAL, enter into merger negotiations
If the merger goes ahead the new global development agency named Oxfam Goal will be based in Ireland
Opinion: 'Charities need to be above reproach. After all it's our money that funds them'
Charities will have a powerful role to play in the future but they need proper regulation, writes Cormac O’Ceallaigh.
Charities Regulator to animal charity - 'sort out your books or else'
Last night’s Claire Byrne Live investigation alleged charity Animal Heaven Animal Rescue had deficiencies in its bookkeeping, fundraising and financial transparency.
Charity founders are often strong personalities who are left unchallenged
In the wake of the Console scandal, Cormac O’Ceallaigh says we need to make sure this crisis never happens again.
# Charities
Parents of special needs kids at St John of God school 'furious' over salary top-ups
The parents said they feel betrayed that these payments were made while the school suffered cuts.
# Charities
Appeal to HSE to ensure Console services are secured in wake of controversy
The Health Minister has described an audit into the charity as a “harrowing” read.
Console executives' actions will make it harder to fund mental health services
David Healion argues that the non-profit sector will need to work hard to rebuild the trust of the public.
# held accountable
A database listing all charities and other non-profits' finances launches today - it could change everything
Benefacts is going live online this morning. It’s free to access and the product of 15 months of very hard work.
# Foreign aid
Irish charity GOAL under US investigation for alleged mismanagement in Syria
The USAID agency has put some of its funding for GOAL on hold, pending the probe.
# the trust
Troubled Rehab and CRC lottery takes first, faltering step towards recovery
The Care Trust, affected by its parent charities’ scandals, is back in the black – but all is not as it seems.
# Your Say
Poll: Should charities cap the salaries of their CEOs?
An analysis of survey figures has shown a number of executives are paid wages in excess of €100,000.
# for a good cause
REVEALED: The charities with CEOs still earning more than €100,000
Analysis of’s survey of 40 charitable organisations.