People are sometimes surprised to hear that there are 18,539 nonprofits in the Benefacts Database of Irish Nonprofits today.
That’s the number of non-government, non-commercial organisations in Ireland that file regulatory returns with the Companies Office, the Charities Regulator, Revenue, the Housing Agency and/or the Department of Education.
4,216 of these are registered charities, according to the data file published by the Charities Regulator on 10th May 2016.
8,194 are recognised by Revenue as charities for the purpose of relief from paying tax, according to the data file published by Revenue on 25th May 2016.
Benefacts aggregates data from these and other sources to provide a full picture of civil society entities of all kinds on benefacts.ie.
Here are some more numbers from the Benefacts database:
At least 108,000 people work in 3,425 Irish nonprofits, according to the 2014 audited financial statements of 7,651 nonprofits that are publicly available.
According to their financial statements, 7,651 Irish nonprofits in the Benefacts database had an aggregate income of more than €7.1 bn in 2014.
Just under half of the sector’s funding comes from government. But the profile of income from government varies greatly from sub-sector to sub-sector.
And in overseas development aid, Irish nonprofits raised more money from international sources - €188m (38%) - and from fundraised or other income - €194m (39%) - than they received from the Irish government in 2014 - €115m (23%).
Currently, registered charities comprise about a quarter of the entities in the Benefacts Database of Irish Nonprofits. This number will grow as more charities register with the Charities Regulator.
Based on the financial data available from 2014 for 2,671 of these, it’s clear that: