Wednesday 22 November 2017

GOAL doubles its income in one year while mental health charities see cuts

Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

Irish charity, GOAL, almost doubled its income between 2013 and 2014 while mental health and children’s charities see huge decreases.

This information is contained in a newly-launched website that contains information on 18,600 non-profit organisations (NPOs) including charities, schools, sports clubs and religious groups.

The new website aims to provide all the information of NPOs over time allowing for trends and comparisons to be made and allowing for greater transparency in the non-profit sector.

With the controversy in recent years about charities’ expenses, the website is designed to make the non-profit sector more transparent, with all data available in one place.

According to the website, in 2014 GOAL had a total income of €126m, a 93pc increase from €65m in 2013.

USAID, the leading US government aid agency, allocated more than €44m to Goal in 2014, the charity’s biggest source of income.

However US funding for certain procurement aspects of GOAL’s Syria aid programme has been suspended, after the agency uncovered potential flaws in their practices in Syria.

Irish Aid, the overseas aid arm of the Department of Foreign Affairs, also provided €17.2m in grant funding to Goal in 2014, for humanitarian programmes in several countries, including Syria.

Read more: Probe launched after aspects of GOAL Syrian aid allegedly mismanaged

These aid programmes led to the huge increase in Goal’s income.

Goal’s aim is to provide humanitarian relief to people in need in the aftermath of man-made crises and natural disasters. They also work towards eliminating poverty and hunger and working in disadvantaged communities across the world.

Goal’s expenditure for 2014 was €109m, a 70pc increase from €63m in 2013.

Concern Worldwide also saw an increase in their profits. In 2014 the charity reported an income of €145m, a 14pc increase from 2013.

The charity aims to provide relief, assistance and advancement to people in the developing areas of the world. They aim to eliminate extreme poverty in the world's poorest countries through development programmes.

Its expenditure was €140m, an 8.6pc increase from 2013. The charity had almost 3,000 employees in 2014.

Ireland’s homeless agencies, Threshold and Focus Ireland both saw an increase in income in 2014. Threshold received over €2m, a 5pc increase from 2013, while Focus receive €19.5m a 7pc increase over the year. Both agencies work to combat the homeless crisis in Ireland.

Mental health charities took a crash in 2014 as Headstrong’s income fell by 23pc. Its income decreased from €6m in 2013 to €4.6m in 2014.

BelongTo, a charity that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people and families also saw a 6pc decrease in income. Their income fell from €757,000 in 2013 to €712,000 in 2014.

Mental health services have seen huge cutbacks from the Government in recent years with the Government announcing earlier this month that €12m of the mental health budget would be reallocated.

While children’s charity the Jack and Jill Foundation saw a decrease in income of almost 30pc, UNICEF saw an increase of 8pc. Jack and Jill reported that their income fell from €3.8m in 2013 to €2.7m the following year while UNICEF’s income reached €6.5m.

The Irish Heart Foundation took a huge dip in their income as it fell by almost 25pc in one year. Their reported income for 2013 was €6.8m but dropped to €5.1m in 2014. The charity’s aim is to promote research and training into heart disease.

The Rehab Group reported a loss as their income in 2014 was €159m, an almost 10pc decrease from 2013.

In 2014, The Rehab chief executive resigned after controversy surrounding her salary.

The charity aims to help those with a disability or disadvantage integrate with their community and supports them in their health and wellness.

Rehab’s expenditure exceeded its income by almost €4m in 2014 at €163m, but was 8pc less than their expenditure in 2013.

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