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Goal and Oxfam Ireland begin merger talks

Goal and Oxfam Ireland begin merger talks

Goal and Oxfam ’s recent announcement that they are entering formal discussions on a potential will create an organisation which has a combined turnover of around €220 million based on recent income.

Tentatively called Oxfam Goal, both charities had a combined fundraising income of over €17 million based on accounts for Goal in 2015 and for Oxfam in 2016.

Goal has been at the centre of a major investigation into its spending of United States aid money in Syria, its biggest source of income in 2015 at €70 million. Following the investigation a number of Goal staff resigned. The majority of the funding that the Irish Government withheld in 2016 as a result has now been released to the charity.

Oxfam Ireland’s total fundraising income in 2015 was €12.6 million, of which €7.4 million was from trading. Net trading income was €0.6 million. Voluntary income from donations, legacies and events was €5.2 million. Fundraising costs was €2.5 million.

Goal’s fundraising income was €4.5 million in 2015. Donations and legacies brought in €4.2 million while events income was €1.3 million. Fundraising costs were €2.4 million.



Oxfam chief executive Jim Clarken said the prospective merger would increase the scale of both organisations which he said “means we can deliver greater impact for people in poverty and in crisis.”

Media reports suggest that Goal had considered a merger with another major development charity, Concern, before opting to begin discussions with Oxfam Ireland.

The merger discussions and due diligence activities come as Oxfam and other NGOs respond to the confirmation of famine in South Sudan:



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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