The Benefacts project has come to an end. This free public website will be taken down on the 14th of February and the company will cease operations a month later. Read more.
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14 January, 2022

Benefacts 7-year project to transform the transparency and digital accessibility of Ireland’s nonprofit sector has come to an end. Support from the lead Government funder (the Department of Public Expenditure & Reform) terminates at the end of March and although other public and philanthropic funding is available, an alternative funding coalition cannot be assembled without another Government department taking over the lead funding role. As a result and with great regret, the Board has no alternative but to terminate all contracts, cease operations and wind up the company.

There will be no further updating of listings after the end of this month and this free public website will be taken down on 14th February. The company responsible for producing the database will be gone a month later.

Before Benefacts was established, there was no data on which to build a reliable picture of Ireland’s highly diverse €14bn sector of more than 34,000 nonprofit organisations and their 165,000 employees. We have changed that, at a cost of nearly €8.9m over the last seven years  - €6.35m from the State, €2.54m in philanthropic and other income. State funding for this sector attracts about 8% of current Exchequer expenditure annually.

The success of our work in classifying, documenting and sharing information means it has been possible for the first time for live, trustworthy and comparable data from across the whole sector to be used to recognise trends, manage risk and make better-informed decisions. Our regularly-updated data was available to all – people working in the sector, policy-makers, funders, researchers and the general public alike – and it has already informed a wide body of research, policy and action as well as public debate.

The Department for Rural & Community Development has said that they are currently exploring options for the establishment of a centralised database which may enable them to achieve “a long-held goal for public policy-makers in Ireland”, in the form of “timely and accurate information on funding provided by the State to the community, voluntary, charity and social economy sectors”. The Minister of State for Community Development and Charities hopes that that project, as it develops, will be informed by Benefacts experience.

Benefacts own State Funding Directory was launched in Beta to public officials in 2020 and to the wider public at the end of 2021.

Please help Benefacts Directors to report on the benefits of our work for your sector by completing a short online survey before the end of January. Participation is anonymous and responses will be independently analysed and provided to the Board for publication in our final annual report.