Tuesday July 7, 2020

This Life: Now is the time to give it up

Philanthropy Ireland is hoping to encourage businesses and wealthy people to give a little more than before, writes Tina-Marie O'Neill.

20th April, 2013
Seamus Mulcrony: 'The whole philanthropic model has to be changed and simplified.' Photo: Tony O'Shea

High unemployment, record immigration, sparse state funding and stretched services have the country's almost 1,800 registered charities and voluntary organisations uniting behind a single message: Ireland is going through a tough time, and its recovery is everyone's business.

There's no doubt that Ireland is a nation of givers. Public donations remain high, with 89 per cent of adults giving to charity in the past year, compared to 58 per cent of adults in Britain. However, while...

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