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Almost 20,000 Nonprofits in our New Website Release!

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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.

Tell us what you think

We’ve updated the homepage to make it more user-friendly and we have further developments to the website planned in coming months – watch this space!

We are always interested in your thoughts about our website please tell us what you think of what you’ve seen so far and also stay tuned as we are rolling out a user survey next week.

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Beyond headlines: Data on Section 38 and 39 Agencies

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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 www.benefacts.ie.

Here’s the current list of “Section 38 agencies”, with links to their individual listings on benefacts.ie. 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.

Improving benefacts.ie

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Since it went live in May 2016, Benefacts has had lots of useful feedback from nonprofits listed on benefacts.ie. Some people want to know more about where the data comes from, and why it’s occasionally not comprehensive or up to date.

Fresh every day

Benefacts relies heavily on data provided by nonprofits to their regulators, mainly the CRO, and the Charities Regulator. We update the Database of Irish Nonprofits every day.

Most of the time, our data matches what’s on the public record, but sometimes it takes a while for the regulators to register new filings, and this delay is reflected on benefacts.ie. They are aware of the issue and are cooperating with us to address anomalies wherever we find them. Bear with us, and please contact us if you have concerns about anything that appears on your Benefacts listing.

More and better financial data

Benefacts extracts a lot of highly relevant information from the financial statements of nonprofits in the Database of Irish Nonprofits. Sometimes, this doesn’t include a breakdown of the sources of government funding. We illustrate this on the listing of every nonprofit, where the data is published in the accounts.

Some nonprofits have asked us to improve on what they filed in their 2014 financial statements, with a breakdown of funding sources. We are happy to update the record and publish the new information, so long as this is provided in a letter from the Directors. Ask us if this is something you would like to explore.

Non-regulatory data

Not everything on benefacts.ie is derived from a regulatory source. We went looking for the URL of every nonprofit in our database, and we found most of them. Inevitably, these go out of date from time to time, and we check on this periodically. If your organisation has a URL that is different to what is currently listed – or it’s missing altogether – email us and we’ll fix it.

We also provided a classification code for every nonprofit, so that we could help people to get a better understanding of this sector. Read more about this in our knowledge basetell us if you’re not happy with the classification we assigned, we’re keen to get this right.

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.

Continue reading “Hello, (nonprofit) world!”