Establishment of  New Accountability and Transparency Service for NonProfits

A new website that will provide up to date detailed financial and governance data on nonprofits in Ireland has been launched by Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Mr. Brendan Howlin T.D. Benefacts is co-funded by government and philanthropic grants totaling €3.75m 2015-2017, with €1.95m coming from DEPR, €1.8m from the Atlantic Philanthropies and €400,000 the Ireland Funds.

When benefacts.ie is available early next year, the public will be able to access a wide range of information on more than 12,000 Irish nonprofits. The mission of Benefacts will be to make data available to support better informed decisions, whether by nonprofits or their funders, policy makers, prospective donors or volunteers or indeed anyone with an interest in data for social good.

Benefacts will also make data available in customised formats to a range of end-users, in the nonprofit sector itself, and among its funders and donors, including government. Social entrepreneurs, analysts and researchers will also benefit from access to a database which is maintained up-to-date and which, over time, will become the authoritative source of trusted, impartial information about the entire population of nonprofits operating in Ireland.

The Benefacts team has already started to build the new database and web service. The contents will be drawn from various regulatory sources including filings by nonprofit companies with the Companies Registration Office.

During the second half of 2015, Benefacts will be consulting intensively with people in the sector and its stakeholders, to ask about the information they would like to see, and how it should be presented on the free, public website. It is setting out to be a trusted source of information, reusing data that has already been provided by nonprofits themselves.

For further information see http://www.benefacts.ie/