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Suicide nonprofits in Ireland today

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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

Anna Visser, social justice advocate and researcher, at the launch of with Paschal Donohoe, TD, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform and Patricia Quinn, MD, Benefacts.

Lighting a candle, not casting a shadow – by Anna Visser

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This post by Anna Visser is based on a talk on the same topic from Anna given at the Benefacts launch which you can listen to below.


I have been a member of the Benefacts stakeholder group over the past year or so. I joined the group not long after The Advocacy Initiative finished. The Advocacy Initiative was a civil society project (that I was lucky enough to run) that spent three years exploring the future of social justice advocacy and campaigning in Ireland.

There are similarities between what the Advocacy Initiative was trying to achieve and the ambitions of Benefacts. Both are about enabling the sector to respond to some of the challenges it faces; both have the potential to allow the sector to reimagine its role; and both seek to enhance understanding about the sector and its work.

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Common queries received by Benefacts

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Since going live this morning, Benefacts has received some queries about nonprofits’ listings on the website. Common concerns are to do with the names of company/charity directors or trustees, and the availability and interpretation of financial data.

Read answers to these frequently-asked questions below.

Names of directors/trustees can sometimes be out of date
Benefacts acquires the names of the directors of nonprofit companies from the Companies Registration Office. At present, there’s a backlog in the CRO’s registration of this data which means that newly-appointed directors are not yet listed on Benefacts, or recently-retired ones are still reported as being members of their respective Boards. The CRO are aware of the problem. Until it’s resolved, Benefacts redacts the name of the Director on the nonprofit’s listing on on the written request of the organisation.

Exceptionally, the date of appointment of a director may have been mis-keyed at source, which results in false information appearing on Benefacts. Where a non-profit company gets in touch to point this out, or where Benefacts can see a clear anomaly, it redacts the data pending clarification with the CRO.

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Hello, (nonprofit) world!

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Welcome to the new Benefacts website.

In March 2015 we started to develop this database and website, and it has been a busy year.

Of course, we didn’t start from scratch. This project stands on the shoulders of pioneering work done in Trinity College Dublin ten years ago by the Centre for Nonprofit Management there, and owes a lot to the many sector leaders who have promoted the cause of greater transparency and higher standards of disclosure among nonprofits in Ireland.

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