Benefacts Legacy Project

Benefacts was an independent nonprofit company that delivered 
public transparency and digital accessibility to Ireland’s 
€14bn nonprofit sector 2015-2021. The company ceased trading on 31st March 2022.

The website was created to document the Benefacts project and provide public access to its legacy data and reports.

Benefacts activities and achievements

In March 2022, Benefacts ceased trading following the decision of the Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform to terminate funding for the company.

In November 2021 Benefacts published the online National Lottery Directory, showing the sources, levels and beneficiaries of State  grants to nonprofits in Ireland and overseas using net proceeds of the National Lottery in 2020. Access the data.

In November 2021 Benefacts published its second report on Philanthropic and Charitable Giving in Ireland. Read the report.

In June 2021 Benefacts published its fifth annual report on Ireland’s nonprofit sector using full population data derived from the regulatory disclosures of 34,331 nonprofits. Read the report. 

In May 2021 Benefacts published its first report on Charities in Ireland based on the regulatory filings of 5,364 charities. Read the report.

In December 2020 Benefacts published its first reports on Charitable Giving and Philanthropy in Ireland. Read the reports here.

In September 2020 Benefacts published Who Funds What (BETA) to public servants, an online directory showing the sources, levels and beneficiaries of grants to nonprofits in Ireland and overseas from 9 State bodies. Access the data.

In September 2020 Benefacts launched Benefacts Analytics to six co-funding State bodies. The online platform provided registered users with access to five years of financial, governance and compliance data and analytics for the portfolio of nonprofits with which each State body respectively engaged.

In May 2020 Benefacts published its fourth annual on Ireland’s nonprofit sector using full population data derived from the regulatory disclosures of 32,841 organisations. Read the report.

In April 2019 Benefacts published its third annual on Ireland’s nonprofit sector using full population data derived from the regulatory disclosures of 29,300 organisations. Read the report.

In April 2018 Benefacts published its second annual on Ireland’s nonprofit sector using full population data derived from the regulatory disclosures of 29,000 organisations. Read the remarks made by Mr Paschal Donohue TD Minister for PER on the occasion of the launch. Read the report.

In April 2017 Benefacts published its first annual report on Ireland’s nonprofit sector using full population data derived from the regulatory disclosures of 19,505 organisations. Read the remarks made by Mr Paschal Donohue TD Minister for PER and Ms Emily O’Reilly, European Ombudsman on the occasion of the launch. Read the report.

In May 2016 www.benefacts.ie was launched by Mr Paschal Donohue TD Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform. Read his remarks.

In October 2015 following sector consultation Benefacts published its sector classification standard.

In May 2015 Benefacts was launched by Mr Brendan Howlin TD, Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform. Read the news release.

Your use of the data on this website is governed by the license terms accompanying each file – these reflect the terms under which Benefacts sourced the public data in the first place.