The future of Benefacts is uncertain. Find out more

Every nonprofit organisation is governed by some kind of board and the names and terms of service of the members of these boards must be disclosed to regulators.


Nonprofit directors

All company directors must disclose the dates of their appointment/resignation and certain other information to the Companies Registration Office. This is public information. Benefacts acquires updated company director information daily and publishes it on the listing of each nonprofit company .

The birth dates of directors are received in machine-readable form. They are hashed and stored for verification and research purposes only.

Charity trustees

The names and dates of appointment of charity trustees, including some school trustees, are published and periodically updated on the public Register of Charities maintained by the Charities Regulator. Benefacts uses this data for analysis purposes but does not republish it on this website.

No data about charity trustees other than their name and date of appointment is provided on the public register of charities.


Benefacts uses census data to estimate the gender of directors and trustees based on their first name.

There are no publicly available registers of the trustees or officers of schools, charter bodies, unincorporated sports bodies, political parties, trade unions or friendly societies.


Last updated 21 May 2020

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).