Since it went live in May 2016, Benefacts has had lots of useful feedback from nonprofits listed on benefacts.ie. Some people want to know more about where the data comes from, and why it’s occasionally not comprehensive or up to date.
Fresh every day
Most of the time, our data matches what’s on the public record, but sometimes it takes a while for the regulators to register new filings, and this delay is reflected on benefacts.ie. They are aware of the issue and are cooperating with us to address anomalies wherever we find them. Bear with us, and please contact us if you have concerns about anything that appears on your Benefacts listing.
More and better financial data
Benefacts extracts a lot of highly relevant information from the financial statements of nonprofits in the Database of Irish Nonprofits. Sometimes, this doesn’t include a breakdown of the sources of government funding. We illustrate this on the listing of every nonprofit, where the data is published in the accounts.
Some nonprofits have asked us to improve on what they filed in their 2014 financial statements, with a breakdown of funding sources. We are happy to update the record and publish the new information, so long as this is provided in a letter from the Directors. Ask us if this is something you would like to explore.
Not everything on benefacts.ie is derived from a regulatory source. We went looking for the URL of every nonprofit in our database, and we found most of them. Inevitably, these go out of date from time to time, and we check on this periodically. If your organisation has a URL that is different to what is currently listed – or it’s missing altogether – email us and we’ll fix it.
We also provided a classification code for every nonprofit, so that we could help people to get a better understanding of this sector. Read more about this in our knowledge base, tell us if you’re not happy with the classification we assigned, we’re keen to get this right.
Benefacts future is still uncertain. We understand that discussions are ongoing between Government departments about transitional supports, but as it stands Benefacts will cease operating on December 31st and our databases will no longer be updated or publicly available.
Our thanks to everyone who has already shared a message of support or contacted the Government to make them aware of the value of our services.
Many of you have told us about the importance of ensuring our comprehensive data on Ireland’s nonprofit sector remains freely and widely accessible.
We would like to know more about how access to Benefacts data supports your work. Please take five minutes to give us feedback on the impact of our data in your field.