All of the data and analysis on this website are derived from Benefacts’ Database of Irish Nonprofits.
Using open data regulations, we build and maintain the database by accessing regulatory materials filed by nonprofits and made available by public authorities. Benefacts does not “scrape” the websites of individual nonprofits.
These public authorities include the Companies Registration Office, the Charities Regulator, the Department of Education & Skills, Revenue, and the Standards in Public Office Commission. Here’s the full list, together with the frequency with which we access each source. The database gets updated every day with new filings by nonprofits to their respective regulators.
As well as re-using data from public sources, we harvest all available non-personal data published by Church governing bodies and by Public Participation Networks (PPNs). This data feeds into our analysis reports in aggregated, anonymized form – we only republish information on this website where we have the authority to do so (for example, we have a data sharing agreement with Fingal Public Participation Network). This means there are thousands of nonprofits in our database with no listing on this website.
We store data on nonprofits after they have been wound up/de-registered, and we identify new nonprofits when they are established/regulated.
We are always interested to grow the database and we do this with help from sector network leaders and governing bodies, and from funders.
If you are interested in more information about specific datasets or sub sectors, or you would like to help us grow the database, contact us.
Last updated 21 May 2020
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).