Receipts from State sources are reported in the financial statements of nonprofits
It is a condition of State funding that every grant or service fee be itemised in the financial statements of grantees.
In many cases nonprofits comply with this requirement, although some aggregate rather than itemise their funding from each individual State source.
Sometimes, State funding data is not publicly available – either because the nonprofit’s accounts have been filed in abridged form, or because the nonprofits in question are unincorporated charities, in which case their accounts are not published by the Charities Regulator.
Some State funders provide a list of grantees, although this is often subject to a financial threshold – for example the HSE does not report S.39 grants below €100,000. Benefacts harvests this data where it is publicly available, and uses it to augment the data available from other reported sources.
Ireland’s 31 local authorities are an important source of small grants. However these are not routinely publicly reported by local authorities, and few of the recipients are incorporated, which means their receipts from the State are not publicly disclosed. This means there is currently no readily accessible source of information about this expenditure.
Most State funding is provided in the form of fees for services, not grants. For example, wherever HSE or Tusla funding exceeds €250,000 it is treated as a fee for services, not a grant.
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).