About Us

Philanthropy Ireland is the Association of independent philanthropic organisations in Ireland, including grant making trusts and foundations. Established in 1998 as a voluntary and informal network called the Funders’ Forum, the organisation was established as a company limited by guarantee, with charitable status in 2004 and changed its name to Philanthropy Ireland.

OUR BOARD

Bernard Kirk - Chairperson - joined the Board in September 2014

Bernard is the Director of Galway Education Centre. In his role he is responsible for providing support for the Continuing Professional Development needs of teachers in the Galway region. Bernard is deeply passionate about improving the lives of people due to his experience of working on building sites in London in the 1980's. As a result he is an advocate of Philanthropy, advising Foundations and voluntary organisations on education programmes at primary, post primary and third level. A Change Maker Change Leader with Ashoka, Bernard also supports and co-ordinates a wide range of projects including EXCITED, EU Code Week, EU Robotics Week, LEGO League, Khan Academy Maths Camps and is a Science Gallery Leonardo with the Science Gallery in Trinity College.

Eoghan Stack - joined the Board in October 2013

Eoghan is CEO with the DCU Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurs. He previously worked as Director of Investment Impact with The One Foundation, a 10-year limited life Irish philanthropic foundation which ceased activity in 2013 as planned, where he led business planning development in over 25 Irish & Vietnamese non-profit organisations. He is also a Director of the mental health social enterprise, “MyMind” and Treasurer of Glasnevin Educate Together multi-denominational National School. Prior to joining "ONE", Eoghan worked for 8 years with a dotcom company designing computer chips for the data network industry and has a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from University College Cork and is currently studying a Masters in Innovation in Social Enterprise with Dublin City University.

Colin McCrea - joined the Board in October 2007

Colin was a Senior Vice President of the Atlantic Philanthropies, a large international grant-making foundation, from 2002 to 2012. He serves on the boards of the European Foundation Centre in Brussels, Inner City Enterprises, Clann Credo and Philanthropy Ireland. He is a member of the Government’s Forum on Philanthropy and Fundraising. He was an Assistant Chief Executive of Coras Trachtala/Irish Trade Board from 1988 to 1996.

Paul O'Sullivan - joined the Board in September 2014

Paul is CEO at Clann Credo, the Social Investment Fund, leading the team in extending its reach and scale of social investment He is a founder member of the Social Enterprise & Entrepreneurship Task Force. In 2012, he was invited by the European Commission to join its Expert Group on the Social Business Initiative. He is one of the directors of Homelessness Interventions Limited (HIL), established to lead the implementation of a Social Impact Investment Project in Ireland, it will provide sustainable accommodation and support for families who have been homeless for periods of up to 8 years. Paul serves as a director of the National Traveller Money Advice & Budgeting Service (MABS) and of the Wheel. He graduated from the National University of Ireland, Galway and holds a Masters from University College, Dublin. Paul is passionate about empowerment through local development and sustainable community initiatives.

Louise Oppermann - joined the Board in September 2014

Louise is a social entrepreneur specialising in Community Development which brings together business, voluntary, educational and social activities for their mutual benefit. Louise co-founded Community Timebank Cork in 2006 and Glanmire Business Network in 2011. She is currently responsible for Marketing and CSR for the Ryan Supervalu Group in Cork. Louise is a Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Awardee 2007, a former board member of the Wheel and a Governor of Midleton College Cork. Early in her career Louise spent two years as a VSO volunteer in Egypt and eight years working in France. Louise is a graduate of UCD, Mary Immaculate Training College and holds a Law Degree from UCC.

Faye Walsh Drouillard - joined the Board in November 2016

Originally from Washington D.C., Faye is Founder and Board Chair of two collective giving foundations, The Giving Circle of Amsterdam and The Giving Circle of Ireland, whose aim is to inspire a new generation of philanthropists. Faye also consults for social enterprise, non-profit and philanthropy clients in Europe and the U.S. Formerly Executive Director of the Freedom Writers Foundation, she has experience providing strategy, management and fundraising guidance to start-ups and social purpose organizations moving to the next level of impact. She is a member of the Ashoka Support Network in Ireland, European Venture Philanthropy Association and The Ireland Funds Global Leadership Network. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Ronan Headon - joined the Board in November 2016

Ronan is Head of Finance at Social Finance Foundation, a lender to the community and voluntary sector and parent company of Microfinance Ireland. He worked for 36 years with Bank of Ireland in a variety of roles including; lending to SMEs, marketing, finance and general management. From 2011 he project managed the Government’s microfinance initiative and acted as Interim CEO of Microfinance Ireland until April 2013.
He is a director of National Traveller MABs and chairs its Audit Committee. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and is a Qualified Financial Adviser.

Alma Curran - joined the Board in November 2016

Alma is Corporate Affairs Manager for Ireland with Medtronic. She is responsible for Government Affairs, Communications and Philanthropy for the company in Ireland.
She joined Covidien in 2010 following its Irish incorporation and managed outreach with the European Union and governments across the EMEA region. Prior to working with Covidien, Alma was employed by the Irish Government working in a variety of positions in research, communications and campaigns.
Alma is from the west of Ireland and has a BA in Law and Politics from NUI Galway and an MA in Public Affairs and Political Communication from DIT.

Staff:

Executive Director - Éilis Murray

Éilis’ primary responsibility is to work with the Board in planning and implementing strategy, providing leadership to achieve the PI Mission and objectives. A UCD business graduate, Éilis has over 25 years’ experience working in the Not-for-Profit Sector with a range of NGO’s. Prior to joining PI she worked as an Organisational Development Consultant in the NFP sector, with particular experience in project development and management support. In an earlier role as Enterprise Development Manager with the local authority, she had responsibility for supporting a portfolio of social enterprise start-ups in West Dublin. She is currently a Director of Oakfield Trust, a community based social enterprise in Clondalkin and has served on a number of committees for local community projects.

Project Coordinator - Niki King

Niki’s primary responsibility is to provide project coordination, management and general support for the successful delivery of a programme of events and activities designed to raise awareness, improve understanding and increase engagement with philanthropy in Ireland. In addition, Niki oversees the management of all the social media channels and the website. Prior to joining PI Niki worked as a Digital Account Executive with a marketing agency and also as a producer for regional radio stations. Having completed a stint with the Iveagh Trust, Niki made the decision to move to the NFP sector. She is a graduate in Media and Spanish from NUI Maynooth in addition to holding a Diploma in Legal Studies.

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