The Charities Regulator is a body established by statute. Benefacts is an independent, not for profit company limited by guarantee with no regulatory powers or responsibilities. We aggregate, augment, structure, publish and analyse data on all nonprofits in a way that makes their work more accessible and transparent to the public, mainly by publishing it on this free public website.
Benefacts publishes information on more than 20,000 nonprofits – whether or not they are registered as charities – by re-using data which it accumulates from many public sources, including the public register of charities.
In some cases this means Benefacts has more data about charities, because they have provided information to other regulators as well, which we amalgamate into their listing on benefacts.ie.
In other cases, the Benefacts listing may be more up to date, for example because a charity has updated the names of its Directors to the Companies Registration Office.
In a very limited set of cases, organisations listed on the Register of Charities are not included on this website. This is because they are public bodies, established and controlled by the State, and they do not conform with the widely-used definition of a nonprofit organization adopted by Benefacts. Download the list of public bodies which are on the Register of Charities.
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).