Fundraising news, ideas and inspiration for professional charity fundraisers

Vodafone gives €812,000 to Irish charities

Vodafone gives €812,000 to Irish charities

Vodafone Foundation (VIF) has announced that 16 charities are to receive through its 2007 grant application round. The selected charities will share in a total fund of €812,000 to continue their essential work with children and young people.

Within the group of 16 charities, there is wide range of organisations of varying sizes making a significant impact already. Some examples of the programmes being funded are:

— OPEN (One Parent Exchange Network), an organisation dedicated to offering support to lone parents throughout the country.

— The Peter McVerry Trust which is committed to reducing the effects of homelessness, drug misuse and social disadvantage.

Some smaller benefiting organisations such as Meath based charity ‘Third Age Foundation’ will receive funding to support their ‘Failte Isteach’ programme, a homework club which utilises the skills and experience of older people in the community to assist New Irish adults and children with the English language and cultural transition.

The funding was announced in May 2007, and Vodafone Ireland Foundation was inundated with applications for available grants. The recipients were selected following a detailed assessment which looked at how the organisations fulfilled the Foundations current funding criteria, the impact and sustainability of the project, and the potential outcome and longer-term benefit to the Community and society into consideration.

Paul Artherton has a BA (Hons) Degree from Queen’s University and a MA Degree in Journalism from Pennsylvania State University. He has worked in PR and fundraising for over 27 years. Previously assistant director for fundraising and public relations at the Simon Community Northern Ireland for seven years, for the last 17 years he has run his own fundraising consultancy business specialising in fundraising, sponsorship, public relations and recruitment. His clients have included charities, private sector and public bodies. Examples include the Ulster Cancer Foundation, Simon Communities of Ireland, NI Hospice, North and West Belfast Health and Social Services Trust, Aiken Promotions, the Industrial Development Board and the Ulster Museum. He has lectured on voluntary sector management at Queens University Belfast Institute for Continuing Education. Since 2010 Paul has been a lay member of the NI Charity Tribunal.

Get free email updates

Keep up to date with fundraising news, ideas and inspiration with a weekly or daily email. [Privacy]

* We do not share your email or personal details.
" />