The future of Benefacts is uncertain. Find out more


Open datasets

Benefacts routinely supplies open datasets to which is Ireland’s open data portal.

Open data is also available here for almost 20,000 Irish nonprofits, with information (where available) under these fields:

  • Benefacts ID
  • Registered name and other registered names (where applicable)
  • Benefacts classification
  • County
  • Name(s) of authorities by which the nonprofit is regulated
  • Regulatory number(s)
  • Link to nonprofit listing on

This dataset is available in two formats:

CSV, which is a convenient option if you would like to view the data in Excel (simply download the dataset and use Excel to open the file).

JSON, which is a commonly used data storage and transfer format. This is a human readable format and can also be consumed automatically by third party software.


If you would like to receive a dataset in the form of an application programme interface (API), please contact us.


Other data files:


For more details, or if you have any queries on these files please get in touch. Read more about where Benefacts gets open data for Irish nonprofits.


All of the data on is subject to the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) Licence. In using the data you accept these terms (read more).

When using our data, please acknowledge Benefacts or as the source.


Benefacts future is uncertain

At the end of July the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER) wrote to say that they would provide no further funding for Benefacts after our current funding agreement expires on 31st December.

According to Minister Michael McGrath’s officials, the project “has met its initial policy rationale of assisting the development of a market for data on the nonprofit sector by stimulating demand from public bodies for such data”.

Despite our strenuous representations, DPER officials reconfirmed earlier this week that “this Department will not be providing further grants to Benefacts in 2021 following the expiration of the current Funding Agreement”. Accordingly the Board had no choice but to commence arrangements for winding up the company and terminating contracts including those with our 20 staff (15 full-time equivalents).