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Fundraising difficulties lead to redundancies at Amnesty International Ireland

Fundraising difficulties lead to redundancies at Amnesty International Ireland

Amnesty International is cutting six staff positions after its fundraising dropped significantly over the last year, according to reports in the Irish Independent/

Fundraising income has dropped in the last two years but the decrease had been most pronounced in the last year, with Amnesty predicting a bad year for 2010.

Donations income fell almost 75% over the last two years according to the Sunday Tribune. In 2008, €374,000 was received in one-off donations, but this fell to €203,000 last year. Amnesty said it now expected to receive just half that amount in 2010.

Other income has also fallen with direct mail appeal income cut in half from €420,000 to just €194,000 in 2009. Money raised through special events had also fallen by more than 50% to €185,000.

Amnesty does not accept any government money so it in order to maintain its independence.

The job cuts are said to include four full time and two part staff.

In the last four years the Amnesty International Foundation in Ireland, an associated body of Amnesty, has received nearly €2 million in grants from Atlantic Philanthropies.

www.amnesty.ie

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.

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