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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 (10% of our total income in 2018 *).
We operate to the highest standards of governance and transparency so as to maintain our credibility, independence and long-term sustainability, as demonstrated by our nomination for the Carmichael Good Governance Awards in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
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.

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;
  • Thanks to our compliance with The Governance Code for Community and Voluntary Organisations in Ireland since 14th April 2015, we are already materially compliant with the new Charities Regulatory Authority Governance Code and will be fully compliant before December 2020;
  • 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 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;
  • Our strategic plan (2016-19) sets out our goals and objectives for the coming years and our new strategy is expected to be published in early 2020; and
  • In 2017, 2018 and 2019, we were nominated for the Good Governance award, run by Carmichael Centre.

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.

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  received under the Scheme to Support National Organisations 2016 – 2019 and 2019 – 2022 from the Department of Rural and Community Development and administered by Pobal.

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