We have just added 704 additional nonprofits to the Benefacts Database of Irish Nonprofits, which increases the number of Irish nonprofits you can find here from 18,586 up to 19,290.
Now included in the database are:
Our thanks to the Registrar of Friendly Societies and the Librarian of the Houses of the Oireachtas for their help in getting a lot of this data online for the first time!
Benefacts Open Datasets
As well as adding new organisations to the scope of the database, we’ve released an open dataset about all of the nonprofits in the Benefacts Database of Irish Nonprofits. We’ll be keeping this live which means it will get updated every day as we feed fresh data that we in turn acquire from 8 public sources.
The data is provided in “open” formats – this means that it can be universally and readily accessed and downloaded, and is also machine-readable. Benefacts Open Datasets can now be downloaded here, and we also publish daily updated files to the Government’s Open Data portal.
Benefacts.ie is now 6 months live
Since going live in May 2016, more than 25,000 unique visitors have accessed our site for data about Irish nonprofits. We’re marking the anniversary with some design and content updates to the website.
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Besides the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI), there are more than 3,000 sports organisations listed today in the Benefacts Database of Irish Nonprofits. All enjoy the benefit of tax relief from Revenue, but only a handful are registered as charities by the Charities Regulator – this is because Section 2 the Charities Act 2009 specifically excludes sport from the definition of a charity in Irish law.
The OCI makes public disclosures as a company limited by guarantee, and these documents are re-published and analysed on their Benefacts listing. This indicates that the company was incorporated 34 years ago, in 1981, and reported having four paid employees in 2014. In addition, the company’s audited financial statements for that year report the payment of a €60,000 “Honorarium” to the Chairman of the Board (called the President in the company’s constitution), Patrick Joseph Hickey.
Besides the OCI’s President, who took office in 1982, six Directors have served for more than nine years including one who has served for 23 years, and three who have each served for 19 years on the Board, which is called the Executive Committee in the company’s constitution – download it here.
The Benefacts listing for OCI indicates that the company’s income in 2014 – of which 32% came from the Irish Sports Council – grew by 62% over the previous year, and its expenses by 25%. Net assets at €2m remained almost the same.
Besides paying for its own staff and overhead costs, the OCI distributed grants totalling €206,400 to “Olympic Solidarity Courses/Team Support” and to 12 affiliated sporting organisations – all listed in the Benefacts database of Irish Nonprofits: Rowing Ireland, Gymnastics Ireland, Swim Ireland, Snowsports Association of Ireland, Weightlifting Ireland, Basketball Ireland, National Target Shooting Association, Irish Ice Hockey Association, Irish Fencing Federation, Irish Amateur Boxing Association, Cycling Ireland, and Archery Ireland.
At their invitation, Benefacts met with the members of the Open Data Governance Board on 4th April. The meeting went on for nearly an hour, and didn’t give us half enough time to cover a big agenda that we share with the Board – transparency in government, data-driven decisions, a better-informed public.
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