Ireland’s nonprofit sector has many very small organisations and relatively few larger ones.
This is the fifth 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.
Ireland’s nonprofit sector has 34,331 organisations. About 10,225 nonprofits are incorporated as companies, 3,965 are primary or secondary schools, 731 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 164,922 paid employees. This number doesn’t include teachers – who are paid directly by Government – or unpaid volunteers.
At €6.2bn, Government was the biggest single source of funding to the Nonprofit Sector in 2019. This was 8.1% 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 2020 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, and the records of 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 2021 analysis is a macro level snapshot of the whole sector, prepared with data that was available at the end of Q2.