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Minister Joe O’ Brien chairs first meeting of National Philanthropy Advisory Group

Minister Joe O’ Brien chairs first meeting of National Philanthropy Advisory Group


Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community Development, Joe O’ Brien TD, today, (26 April, 2022) chaired the first meeting of the National Advisory Group on the Development of a Government Policy on Philanthropy in Ireland.


This follows on from an independent report commissioned by the Department of Rural and Community Development entitled The Landscape of Philanthropic Giving in Ireland which was published in November, 2021. 


The Department also facilitated a Workshop for a broad spectrum of stakeholders, in association with the European Research Network on Philanthropy in December last year.


The suggestion of forming a National Advisory Group on the Development of a Government Policy on Philanthropy in Ireland was overwhelmingly supported by Government and by the philanthropy sector. As a result, this group has now been established and is representative of a range of stakeholders.


Speaking after the meeting, Minister O’Brien stated:


“I have seen first-hand the power of philanthropy to support positive societal and environmental change from my 20 years working in the community and voluntary sector.


“There is huge untapped potential for growing philanthropy in Ireland and I believe that a national policy will support this growth and create a positive and supportive environment for philanthropy. 


One of my Department’s key strategic objectives is to enable the philanthropic sector to contribute fully to civil society. A key factor in this work is the development of an impactful and enabling National Policy on Philanthropy for Ireland. Through the development of a shared vision for philanthropy, we will also get a wider understanding of the value of philanthropic giving to society.


“Collaboration between philanthropists, grant-makers, government and civil society will underpin the development of this policy.   As chair of the Advisory Group, I look forward to working in collaboration with the expert members who represent all aspects of philanthropy in developing a national policy.”


The Advisory Group will work collaboratively to draft a national policy on philanthropy.


When the draft policy is developed, there will be an opportunity for public consultation, before the strategy is finalised.





The Department of Rural and Community Development Press Office

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Notes to Editor


The purpose of the Advisory Group is to provide expert input and collaboration to the Minister and Department in the development of a proposed national Philanthropy Policy. This supportive and collaborative approach has worked well in the development of other national policies by DRCD, and the Department looks forward to continuing with this approach to produce a supportive and innovative national Philanthropy Policy.


The aim is to publish a draft policy for public consultation by end 2022.


The Department’s Statement of Strategy includes a commitment to develop a national policy on philanthropy. As a first step in this process, Indecon Economic Consultants were commissioned by DRCD, following a competitive procurement process, to produce an independent report on the landscape of philanthropic giving in Ireland.  This report is available at this link



The membership of the Advisory Group includes:


  1. Government Departments/Bodies:


  • Department of Rural and Community Development
  • Department of Finance                                                                              
  • Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth
  • Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science
  • Department of Foreign Affairs                                                                  
  • Department of An Taoiseach
  • Department of Education
  • The County and City Management Association


  1. Philanthropy Partnership Bodies


  • Philanthropy Ireland
  • Rethink Ireland
  • Community Foundation Ireland
  • My Legacy                                          


  1. Charity Sector


  • The Wheel
  • Charities Regulator
  • Charities Institute Ireland


  1. Corporate/Donors 


  • Vodafone Foundation                                                                                
  • State Street International (Ireland)


  1. Corporate Philanthropy/Wealth Advisor


  • KPMG                                                                        


  1. International/European Philanthropy


  • International Philanthropy  Expert            
  • Ireland Funds          


  • European Foundation Centre                                                       



  1. Academia


  • University of Kent                
  • University College Dublin