Thursday 22 February 2018

All charities now fearing they will be damaged

Jerome Reilly

Jerome Reilly

THE fall-out from the salary top-ups scandal has already led to donations being cancelled by disgusted members of the public, Fundraising Ireland, the umbrella body for professional fundraisers, has said.

Charities have moved quickly to try and stop the haemorrhage of donations in the wake of the revelations.

Jonathan Irwin, CEO and founder of the Jack & Jill Children's Foundation, said the revelations were damaging.

Mr Irwin (pictured) wrote to supporters to clarify where the money donated to Jack & Jill goes and to urge supporters to stick with the charity.

Many charities rely on the pre-Christmas period to raise enough money to get them through the following year.

Mr Irwin said his salary was €90,000 and for the first six years running Jack & Jill he did not draw any pay.

He said that the salary of staff at the charity was met entirely from a HSE grant and all monies raised from the public funded intensive-care nursing.

"I can assure you that I get no top-up payments, no bonus, no pension," he wrote to supporters.


Fundraising Ireland chief executive Anne Hanniffy said the revelations were having a "disproportionate and unfair impact on the funding efforts of charities and, critically, people reliant" on such charities.

A group representing parents of special-needs children, including those who have attended the Central Remedial Clinic, said they felt "betrayed".

Lorraine Dempsey, of the Special Needs Parents Association, said parents who have actively fundraised for the organisation did so in the belief that monies raised would help increase the numbers of staff providing therapeutic interventions, so giving their children a better chance of accessing services.

The Irish Charities Tax Reform Group said that charities must display full transparency.

"Charities should devote sufficient resources for wages and administration to ensure the highest standards in their operations, but must at all times display full transparency and full public accountability in how they fundraise and in how fundraised money is allocated," the group said in a statement.

Irish Independent

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