Tuesday 21 February 2017

We urgently need to change approach to philanthrophy

Eilis Murray

Published 16/09/2015 | 02:30

We are a giving nation, with an estimated 89pc of people donating to charity. But despite the high level of participation, our level of giving tends to be low.
We are a giving nation, with an estimated 89pc of people donating to charity. But despite the high level of participation, our level of giving tends to be low.

Philanthropy is not a word that tends to be used in everyday vernacular in Ireland, yet it is likely that we have all benefited in some way from it, given the major impact it has had on Irish society.

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For many of our much-loved cultural institutions - theatres, botanic gardens, libraries, galleries, the RDS - philanthropy has played a major role in their development.

In relation to the needs of civil society - educational, community, health, children's rights, equality, older people, to name but a few - philanthropy has made a major contribution to advances in all of these areas of Irish society in recent times.

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