Charities 2037

Charities 2037, a major report commissioned by Charities Institute Ireland (Cii), and conducted by Amárach Research, was published today, Thursday 26th October, and launched by Minister of State for Community Development, Seán Kyne T.D. at the Cii Annual Conference in Dublin.

The conference will explore the leadership that is essential for sustaining and growing the charity sector into the future. In addition to the launch of the future-focused report, Charities 2037, the conference will include panel discussions, case studies, training sessions and masterclasses on topics that are highly relevant for the charity sector, such as GDPR, Brexit, critical communications, governance, cyber security and financial planning.  

This is the largest report on the sector to be conducted in many years and is supported by The Ireland Funds. Charities 2037 gathered information from a large sample size and a diverse demographic: 1000 members of the public364 charity staff members and 101 charity volunteers to establish their perceptions of charities and their service provision today -  and what they hope for the future.

Amárach Research also conducted in-depth interviews with thought-leaders from the private, public and charity sectors; government ministers past and present; senior opposition politicians; opinion formers; philanthropists and media.

Charities Institute Ireland was formed in November 2016. A merger of Irish Charities Tax Reform Group (ICTR) and Fundraising Ireland, Cii’s objective is to support their 200-strong members, all charitable organisations, to obtain good governance, transparent accounting and ethical fundraising principles.

“While the charitable and voluntary sector has always formed a key part of Irish society, much of it went unregulated and unaccountable,” says Lucy Masterson, CEO of Charities Institute Ireland. “Irish society, Government and the charities themselves need to consider what expectations they have of each other. What society wants and what charities can give needs to be reviewed. Charities 2037 has been designed as a report that aims to provide stakeholders with the opportunity to consider how the charity / not for profit sector should develop over the next two decades.  It should both engage and challenge people to describe how they see the role of charitable organisations developing.  In effect, we are seeking to write a manifesto for the charity sector for 2037 – outlining its promise and purpose; its responsibilities; its shape and structure and its future direction,” she said.

Michael McLoughlin, Chief Executive of Amárach Research and author of the report, says: “This is a major study that acknowledges where we are and examines what needs to be done in order to ensure the future of the sector is as impactful and relevant as it is today. The findings reveal that there is huge appetite for change. Today’s launch is the start of a conversation with the end in mind; a sector that will play to its strengths, be transparent and open, have world class organisations, be recognised and understood for the benefits it brings to society and compliment, rather than compete with, the work of the State.”

Annually, charities make a €5bn net contribution to the exchequer and the sector directly employs 148,000 people.

The findings are available here

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