Charitable giving as a proportion of household expenditure has been steadily declining over the last 30 years. Although the quantum given has increased, this is only because the number of households has nearly doubled from 1.2m to 2m.
Charitable giving in Ireland
This is the first Benefacts report on Charitable Giving in Ireland, using 30 years of high quality survey data derived from the Household Budget Survey (HBS) of the Central Statistics Office (CSO). The latest available data is from 2015. We plan to update this report when work on the 2020 survey (deferred because of the pandemic) resumes and the next HBS is published.
This report is a benchmark against which future trends in charitable giving can be measured. It also can be used to compare the profile of giving in Ireland and elsewhere in Europe, since surveys like the HBS are carried out at regular intervals across the EU.
Read more about the data, the methodologies used to produce this report, and the report’s authors.