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Funding and Accountability

The Irish Hospice Foundation is the only national organisation dedicated to dying, death and bereavement in Ireland. 80 people die every day in Ireland, and we believe every death matters. We want to help people have a good death, and get better bereavement support.
We deliver extensive programmes in a broad range of areas relating to dying, death and bereavement. We receive very limited funding from the State (less than 8% of our total income in 2017).
We operate to the highest standards of governance so as to maintain our credibility, independence and long-term sustainability, as demonstrated by our Charities Institute of Ireland triple lock badge on our website.
We do this through good governance, financial independence and accountability, effective communications, and a coherent fundraising programme.
We rely on YOUR public and philanthropic donations to fund the majority of our work and so it is essential you feel confident in what we do and particularly in how we use your money. Thank you for all your support.
We believe in openness, transparency and accountability in the charity sector. Public trust in us is essential. We strive to be transparent in how we do our business.


What we do to ensure your funds are used well

  • Our accounts are externally audited and published annually on our website
  • We are a registered charity both with the Charities Section of the Revenue Commissioners (CHY6830) and the Charities Regulatory Authority (No. 20013554).
  • We prepare our financial statements in accordance with FRS102 and the Charities SORP (Statement of Recommended Practice) (FRS102) as issued by the Charity Commission and the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.
  • We are fully compliant with The Governance Code for Community and Voluntary Organisations in Ireland since 14th April 2015.
  • We are also compliant with the ‘Guidelines for Charitable Organisations on Fundraising from the Public’, issued by the Charities Regulatory Authority. We respond fully to every public and media query we receive on our funding.
  • We are independent of all hospice groups, however we run governance course for those working in the hospice sector, via the Wheel.
  • We are governed by a Board of Directors , all are volunteers and donate freely of their time, skills and experience. Two independent financial experts sit on our Finance and Remuneration Sub-Committee.
  • At every Board meeting, Directors and senior managers present are asked to declare any conflict of interests with the IHF.
  • Our strategic plan (2016-19) sets out our goals and objectives for the coming years.
  • In 2017, we were nominated, as one of only 4 charities for the Good Governance award, run by Carmichael Centre (€1m-5m category)

The Irish Hospice Foundation is committed to the best care at end of life for all. Your donations are used wisely and carefully to provide much needed support and services those at end of life and bereavement.

Here is how your funds were allocated in 2017:



For every €1 spent, 37 cent goes directly towards our healthcare programmes including our Nurses for Nightcare service.  A further 19 cent goes towards our education, training and bereavement programmes, 11 cent is spent on public engagement including our Think Ahead initiative and 33 cent is invested on generating funds.
Regrettably raising funds is becoming increasingly challenging. We will continue to seek new ways of fundraising to maximising efficiency and will continue to use our reserves to meet our programme needs.
Despite all challenges, we have made a commitment not to cut our services and are planning to invest in services over the coming years.   Through the work of the professional staff, we are able to harness the efforts of a tremendous team of volunteers who assist us at Board level and in many of our projects underway.  We are extremely grateful for their time and expertise.
In our work we remember the words of the founder of the modern hospice movement, Dame Cicely Saunders who said;

 “You matter because you are you, and you matter to the end of your life. We will do all we can not only to help you die peacefully, but also to live until you die.”


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*We acknowledge funding for individual programmes received from the Department of Rural and Community Development and the Programme, the Scheme to Support National Organisations 2016-2019.

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