• Political parties have now been added to the Database of Irish Nonprofits and published on www.benefacts.ie
  • New functionality including advanced search makes the free public website more user friendly than ever
  • Fingal County Council leads the way in bringing large numbers of community organisations into the Database

    In April 2016, Benefacts launched a free public website providing the public with the most comprehensive-ever access to detailed, comprehensive and up-to-date information on Ireland’s nonprofit sector. www.benefacts.ie is the unique source of information on nonprofits’ sources of income – including funding by government – derived by Benefacts from the annual financial statements of nonprofits.

    Speaking at the launch of the website in 2016, the Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe TD said, “I am strongly supportive of Benefacts and believe that it will significantly enhance the effectiveness of Government’s interaction with the not-for-profit sector, delivering major benefits to us all in terms of transparency, governance, regulation and policy making”.

    In the last two years, Benefacts has developed many other applications for the Database of Irish Nonprofits which underpins the public website, including two editions of its annual sector analysis report, data and analysis work for public, private and nonprofit clients, and an enhanced website for the Charities Regulator.

    “I am particularly pleased to have been asked to launch this upgrade to Benefacts’ excellent website”, said Sean Kyne, Minister of State with responsibility for Community Development, Natural Resources and Digital Development.

    “This is just the kind of infrastructure that community and voluntary organisations need to be better able to achieve their full potential in the important work they do in every parish in Ireland. Benefacts is a tangible example of how Government can work in partnership with the community, voluntary and philanthropic sectors to design and deliver new services that benefit our citizens”, he said. “I would like to commend Fingal Chief Executive Mr Paul Reid for embracing this opportunity with such energy and enthusiasm – I’m sure they are already seeing the benefits of this excellent Open Data project”.

New website features

Now Benefacts is releasing an update based on feedback from some of the thousands of visitors who have used the website over the last two years.

  • Political parties have been added to the lists of almost 20,000 civil society organisations in the scope of the database, with data derived from their regulatory filings to the Standards in Public Office Commission.
  • The sector analysis section has been expanded, allowing users to drill into details about the sector and its component sub-sectors, including employment and funding profiles.
  • There is a new advanced search facility which gives professional users including researchers and journalists the capacity to build up a much more detailed picture of comparative trends.
  •  In cooperation with Fingal County Council, Benefacts has assimilated County Register data for the first time, thereby starting the important process of bringing smaller locally-based societies, associations and clubs into the Benefacts Database of Irish Nonprofits.

    Patricia Quinn Managing Director of Benefacts said “Nonprofits are required to file extensive information with a range of public regulators to fulfil their compliance and accountability requirements”. “By drawing all of this information together and re-presenting it in a user friendly way, Benefacts has created a one-stop shop that is helping to transform the transparency of the entire sector in a way that benefits all nonprofits and their stakeholders – be they members, volunteers, beneficiaries or service users. We are very grateful to the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform and to the Ireland Funds for their generous support of this free public resource.”