All of the information on benefacts.ie comes from publicly-available records.
Before Benefacts can deploy it, we need to process the data about each individual nonprofit organisation in a number of ways.
We match it.
This includes assessing whether a nonprofit has multiple names or many local branches. We bring together information on a single nonprofit from all regulatory sources and present it on a single page.
We digitize it.
We acquire financial statements as digital image files. Our expert financial data analysts re-key the contents of these documents into our database, including financial, governance and narrative information.
We augment it.
In each case, we search for the website address (URL) and Eircode of the nonprofit’s main address. We also assign a classification to each one.
We ID it.
Every nonprofit in Benefacts Database of Irish Nonprofits is given its own unique identifier. We map all of the nonprofit’s other identifiers (company number, CHY number, CRA number) against their Benefacts ID to avoid duplication, verify identity and facilitate data sharing.
We publish it.
Every nonprofit whose data appears on one or more public registers is given a listing on www.benefacts.ie.
In cases where publication of source documents would disclose personal data (for example, the personal details of company directors in their signatures to the constitution):
We redact it.
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).