Acknowledging the contribution of the NFP sector

The Wheel, the national association for community and voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises, wants to make people aware of the massive contribution its members make to Irish life, writes Arlene Harris

3rd June, 2018
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Two hundred charities gathered at Croke Park on June 24 and 25 for The Wheel’s annual Summit for the Charity Sector. Pictured at the event are Deirdre Garvey, chief executive at The Wheel, the national association of community and voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises; Manchán Magan, documentary maker and environmental campaigner; and Mary Cunningham, director of the National Youth Council of Ireland

In the fast-paced world of business, voluntary organisations and charities can easily be overlooked; their presence acknowledged, but not taken as seriously as the big movers and shakers in the business world.

But not recognising the huge role that not-for-profit (NFP) organisations play in the running of the country, and indeed our economy, is a mistake.

There are currently 9,932 charities operating in Ireland (a subset of the country’s 29,000 civil society organisations). Every community...

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