Monday 20 May 2019

Companies in Ireland contribute €30m and thousands of hours to charities

Tony Cummins, an ESB volunteer on Business in the Community Ireland’s 'Time to Read' literacy volunteering programme partnered with Amber and Rhianna Skerritt from St. Mary’s school in Fairview, Dublin
Tony Cummins, an ESB volunteer on Business in the Community Ireland’s 'Time to Read' literacy volunteering programme partnered with Amber and Rhianna Skerritt from St. Mary’s school in Fairview, Dublin
Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

Some 60 companies in Ireland last year contributed more than €30m and 264,735 hours to charities.

This is according to research from Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI), a business network that advises Irish companies on corporate social responsibility and sustainability.

Over €13m was given in cash donations, while €11.7m was contributed through in-kind donations.

Elsewhere, over €5.5m was raised through employee fundraising.

Meanwhile employees volunteered over 264,735 hours to local groups and projects during the year.

Tomás Sercovich, BITCI chief executive, said: “Employees want to work for companies that encourage volunteering as part of everyday business and crucially want to work where their values align with their employer.”

“Employee engagement is a critical tool to attract and retain the best talent as employees now expect their employers to have a community strategy in place as standard,” Mr Sercovich added.

In terms of where the money raised is going, last year the areas of health, social inclusion, education, and children and youth were the best supported.

Over €4m was donated to health, with a further €3.8m being donated to social inclusion.

Meanwhile €3.3m went towards both the area of education and children and youth.

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