Ireland’s nonprofit sector has many very small organisations and relatively few larger ones.
This is the fourth annual Nonprofit Sector analysis prepared by Benefacts, using currently available data derived from more than 40 sources.
Use the report to learn more about Ireland’s Nonprofit Sector, its governance, people and funding.
View a recording of our report launch webinar which took place on Thursday 21 May 2020.
Ireland’s nonprofit sector has 32,841 organisations. About 9,854 nonprofits are incorporated as companies, 3,948 are primary or secondary schools, 787 more are incorporated as friendly societies, cooperatives, industrial societies, political parties or charter bodies. The rest – including thousands of local, religious or sports organisations – are unincorporated associations.
The Nonprofit Sector in Ireland has at least 165,075 paid employees. This number doesn’t include teachers – who are paid directly by Government – or unpaid volunteers.
At €5.9bn, Government was the biggest single source of funding to the Nonprofit Sector in 2018. This was 8% of all current Government spending that year – but the profile varies a lot from sector to sector.
In the twelve months since we prepared the 2019 report,
Benefacts Database of Irish Nonprofits is the source of all of the data and analysis on this website. We compile the database from more than 10 public sources, including the Companies Registration Office and the Charities Regulator, as well as 27 Public Participation Networks. We clean and aggregate it and re-publish the public data here as a free service.
Information about individual nonprofits is updated regularly as they file fresh information with public regulators. Our 2020 analysis is a macro level snapshot of the whole sector, prepared with data that was available at the end of Q1 in that year. We will publish the next annual analysis at the end of Q1 2021.