Individual Donors

Getting Started

Philanthropy – An opportunity to make your mark was developed by Philanthropy Ireland to provide guidance on giving to prospective donors, professional advisors and anyone with an interest in philanthropy. Published in 2007, the guide provides a framework for giving, discusses current trends in philanthropy and provides an overview of tax and legal issues relevant to giving in Ireland.

Guidance on Different Approaches to Philanthropy

Guide to Setting Up a Giving Circle This guide developed by The Ireland Funds is for people who are looking to give in a collaborative, social way. It gives an overview of things to consider when setting up a giving circle and a case study from Dublin.

Guide to Setting Up a Foundation in Ireland
Launched in November 2008, this guide was developed by Philanthropy Ireland for individuals and companies that are considering establishing their own foundation. It includes information on tax and legal requirements for establishing a philanthropic organisation and obtaining charitable tax exemption.

Establishing a Venture Philanthropy Fund
This working paper captures and shares the early learning of a number of European venture philanthropy (VP) funds. It is intended to assist start-up or early-stage VP funds in Europe by providing insight into what works in a European context. You can download an electronic version or purchase a hard copy of the paper at the European Venture Philanthropy Association website through the link above.

Finding an Organisation to Support

The Little Blue Book: NPC’s guide to analysing charities, for charities and funders. The guide contains examples of how charities and funders benefit from analysis, and explains NPC’s charity analysis framework, which looks at how charities can assess their effectiveness across six areas: activities; results; leadership; people and resources; finances; and ambition.

Our Directory of Philanthropy, located at the top of the page, contains contact information for a range of organisations, including those offering Donor Advised Funds and related services. Some helpful websites are: website that hosts fundraising pages for charitable organisations. You can search by name or theme and donate over the Internet.

Dóchas Member List
Dóchas website has a section dedicated to its members, which features information on the organisations and theirs activities, their country and programme focus, and statistics on their income and staffing.

The Wheel Online Directory provides basic contact information for thousands of community and voluntary organisations.

Tax & Legal Infomation

Tax Information
This is the tax insert to our guide, Philanthropy – An opportunity to make your mark.

PricewaterhouseCoopers Charitable Giving Guide
In March 2012, PricewaterhouseCoopers published an updated version of its Charitable Giving Guide. The guide provides an overview of the tax incentives available for individuals and companies donating to charitable causes.

Tax Relief on Charitable Donations
The CHY2 Appropriate Certificate is available to download at the Irish Revenue Commissioners website. This form is to be used by PAYE tax payers to obtain relief on donations made to eligible charitable organisations.

Citizens Information Board
The Citizens Information Board provides guidance on creating a will. is a resource for those looking for information on leaving a donation to their favourite charitable organisation in their will. Making a charitable bequest is not something that only wealthy people can do, and aims to educate and inform people from all walks of life on how they can make a real difference to the causes they care about.

A Legacy of Giving
Prepared by the Community Foundation for Ireland, this leaflet is for those considering establishing a Fund through a charitable bequest in a will.

A solicitor will be able to provide additional information on wills & bequests.

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