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Companies donate €16.7 million to Irish charities

Companies donate €16.7 million to Irish charities

Over 40 Irish companies formed over 3,600 community partnerships and donated over €16.7 million in cash donations, in kind donations and employee fundraising to local charities and community groups during 2011, according to a survey by Business in the Community .

The information on company giving is being captured by Business in the Community Ireland on an online interactive map entitled the “Business Impact Map” which gives a county by county breakdown of how much companies and employees supported their local community groups and charities in 2011.

National statistics show that over €11 million was given in cash donations, €2.3 million was contributed through in kind donations and €3.3 million was raised through employee fundraising.

The statistics are from 43 of Ireland’s largest companies that are members of Business in the Community Ireland. Social issues that received the most support were health at €5 million, community projects at €3 million, education at €2.9 million, social inclusion at 2.3 million and homelessness at €760,000.

Cash donations were highest in Dublin, €6.8 million, followed by Mayo at €1.1 million, Cork at €800,000 and Kildare at €350,000.

In the county by county breakdown, counties which ranked the highest for employee fundraising outside of Dublin were Kildare raising €329,000, Cork raising €230,938, Waterford raising €119,188 and Galway raising €118,777.

www.bitc.ie

Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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