Month: July 2016

Beyond headlines: Data on Section 38 and 39 Agencies

In recent weeks, lots of people have been using Benefacts to learn more about the “arrangements with service providers” provided for under Section 38 of the Health Act, 2004.

Currently, 43 nonprofits receive funding from the HSE under Section 38 – you can find the list by typing “health”, then using the search filter for Section 38 funding on

Here’s the current list of “Section 38 agencies”, with links to their individual listings on Most are also registered charities. You can use this to learn about their institutional and financial profile, their funding from various Government and non-government sources, their governance, their regulators and lots more besides, including a link to each of their own websites. If you like, you can also use Benefacts to download their constitution and their audited financial statements for free.

If you’re interested, you can do the same with nonprofits funded by the HSE under Section 39 of the Health Act. Benefacts currently provides information on 884 of these, derived from their regulatory filings – here’s the list – although not all are in the health sector, and only 565 are registered charities, and 755 have a CHY number from Revenue – according to the most up-to date information available from these regulators.

Use the filters to explore “Section 39” nonprofits that provide services in social housing for example, or, sport, or the arts.

Benefacts aggregates publicly-available records from multiple regulatory sources to build the Database of Irish Nonprofits. Use our knowledge base to learn more about the sources of our data, and check back regularly for updates.

Some Numbers from the Benefacts Database

People are sometimes surprised to hear that there are 18,539 nonprofits in the Benefacts Database of Irish Nonprofits today.

That’s the number of non-government, non-commercial organisations in Ireland that file regulatory returns with the Companies Office, the Charities Regulator, Revenue, the Housing Agency and/or the Department of Education.

4,216 of these are registered charities, according to the data file published by the Charities Regulator on 10th May 2016.

8,194 are recognised by Revenue as charities for the purpose of relief from paying tax, according to the data file published by Revenue on 25th May 2016.

Benefacts aggregates data from these and other sources to provide a full picture of civil society entities of all kinds on

Here are some more numbers from the Benefacts database:

108,000+ employees

At least 108,000 people work in 3,425 Irish nonprofits, according to the 2014 audited financial statements of 7,651 nonprofits that are publicly available.

Turnover in excess of €7.1bn

According to their financial statements, 7,651 Irish nonprofits in the Benefacts database had an aggregate income of more than €7.1 bn in 2014.

Government funding of €3.5bn

Just under half of the sector’s funding comes from government. But the profile of income from government varies greatly from sub-sector to sub-sector.

For example, arts/culture/media nonprofits receive only about 31% of their funding from government, whereas in social services the figure is 60%.

And in overseas development aid, Irish nonprofits raised more money from international sources – €188m (38%) – and from fundraised or other income – €194m (39%) – than they received from the Irish government in 2014 – €115m (23%).

Sector profile – financial scale

Currently, registered charities comprise about a quarter of the entities in the Benefacts Database of Irish Nonprofits. This number will grow as more charities register with the Charities Regulator.

Based on the financial data available from 2014 for 2,671 of these, it’s clear that:

  • There are very many very small charities – 933 with few or no staff, and with a financial turnover of less than €100,000
  • There are 1,294 charities whose turnover was between €100,000 and €1m
  • There are 386 charities whose turnover was between €1m and €10m
  • There are 58 charities whose turnover was more than €10m

Suicide nonprofits in Ireland today

Lots of people are interested to learn more about nonprofits working in the area of suicide prevention or support.

The Benefacts Database of Irish Nonprofits lists 48 nonprofits in Ireland whose main purpose is concerned with some aspect of suicide: prevention, counselling, research, public education or information. You can see the list here, and you can download their financial accounts and constitutions.

The public Register of Charities lists just 13 charities with “suicide” in their name, but there are 235 where the word is included among their charitable activities or beneficiaries. However, these include animal rescue charities, citizens and money advice centres, drugs task forces, faith bodies, family and youth centres, mountain and marine rescue bodies, volunteering centres and others whose primary purpose is not related to suicide prevention.

31 of the organisations listed on Benefacts are registered charities. Go to to learn more about their purposes, their regulation, governance and financial profile, and to access their constitutional and financial reports.

What do we know?

Benefacts has aggregated the data that these 48 nonprofits have filed with various regulators or registers, and can provide some analysis:

1) Governance and operations

Of the 30 nonprofits for which detailed governance data is available, they report that:

2) Location

Almost 50% of all suicide nonprofits are based in Dublin (20%), Cork (16%) or Kerry (10%). Here’s a graph showing the geographic distribution, or filter search results by location on to learn more.

Number of organisations by registered address. Source:
Number of organisations by registered address. Source:

3) Financial profile

Benefacts has detailed financial data for 29 of the 48 nonprofits – that’s because as companies they file statutory accounts with the Companies Registration Office (CRO).

Of these 29 organisations, Pieta House is the largest by turnover in this group with a reported total income in 2014 of €5.4 million.

  • 2 prepare their accounts using the Charities SORP reporting standard (Pieta House and Samaritans Ireland)
  • 6 reported total income in 2014 of €500,000 or more:
  • 8 organisations reported receiving government funding in 2014:

The profile of their reported government funding in 2014 is provided in the table below. Data for 2015 will be available from Benefacts later this year.

Registered nameDate of year-end to which accounts referFunding sourceAmount
31/12/2014Tusla - Child and Family Agency€30,900
31/12/2014National Lottery€3,500
GALWAY EAST LIFE SUPPORT LIMITED31/12/2014Health Services Executive (HSE)€2,000
31/12/2014Local Community Development Programme€1,600
IRISH ASSOCIATION OF SUICIDOLOGY31/12/2014Health Services Executive (HSE)€60,000
31/12/2014Tusla - Child and Family Agency€2,200
31/05/2014Health Services Executive (HSE)€30,000
PIETA HOUSE C.P.S.O.S. LIMITED31/12/2014Department Of Children & Youth Affairs (DCYA)€15,000
31/12/2014Health Services Executive (HSE)€178,983
31/12/2014National Office for Suicide Prevention€503,500
REACH OUT IRELAND LIMITED31/12/2014National Office for Suicide Prevention€168,000
SOSAD IRELAND LIMITED30/06/2014Health Services Executive (HSE)€20,000