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Irish Cancer Society maintains fundraising levels

Irish Cancer Society maintains fundraising levels

One of ’s largest fundraising charities, the Irish Cancer Society (ICS), has expressed itself content that income for 2009 was similar to 2008, according to its latest annual report.

ICS’s income for 2009 was €16,960,000 and €17,005,000 in 2008. ICS says that the figures are creditable given the continuing and pressure on fundraising.

Income for one of ICS’s most high profile fundraising events, Daffodil Day, fell to €3.1 million from €3.2 million while voluntary income dropped to €3.4 million from €4.5 million. Voluntary income includes income from bequests and donations.

ICS’s ‘other activities’ saw an increase to €8.8 million from €8 million. Other activities includes income from fundraising functions and events, lottery grants, collections and profit from charity shops and Christmas card sales.

Shop income increased from €3.2 million to €3.4 million but profit stayed around the same, €0.6 million, following a refurbishment programme.

ICS income includes a figure of €380,000 from a scheme established by the National Lottery to compensate charities running their own lotteries.

Fundraising expenses increased from €2.4 million to €2.9 million.

www.cancer.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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