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What are ‘Quasi-public’ bodies?

Many nonprofits provide services to the public, but a small number operate on special terms with government, inasmuch as their voluntary boards don’t exercise control over the remuneration of their employees because these are treated as public sector workers.

Effectively these are “quasi-public bodies”. Here’s who they are:

44 section 38s.

22 higher education institutions.

281 local providers of family support, drugs rehabilitation, citizens’ advice and other local development supports and services, directly controlled by government.

Benefacts releases the most comprehensive ever analysis of Irish nonprofits

A major new report on Irish nonprofits was launched today by Mr Paschal Donohoe TD, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform. Using public data derived from more than 8,000 nonprofit company reports for 2013, 2014 and 2015 in Ireland, Benefacts has identified some key trends in the sector which today employs almost 150,000 people, turns over nearly €11bn annually and accounts for 8% of all current Exchequer expenditure.

Also speaking at the event was the European Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly and Patricia Quinn, Benefacts MD.

Among the key findings of the report:

* 310 charities and other nonprofits delivering public services as quasi-public bodies receive more than 70% of the €5.3bn which the Government commits in funding annually to the sector (these are the higher education bodies, voluntary hospitals and local service providers and are listed on benefacts.ie/news)

* In this sector, just over 1% of people receive more than €70,000 in annual remuneration compared to 12.8% in the workforce at large, and most of the higher-paid people are working in quasi-public bodies where their salaries are linked to public sector pay scales

* Disclosure standards in 2015 have fallen, with 23% of all charities opting to file abridged financial statements, which provide no information about the sources of their income

Speaking at the launch, Mr Paschal Donohoe TD, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform said:

“It gives me great pleasure to have been invited here today to officially launch the Benefacts Analysis of Irish nonprofits 2017. The sector turns over nearly €11bn annually, half of which comes from State funding, with the sector employing close to 150,000 people. The work undertaken by Benefacts significantly enhances the effectiveness of Government’s – and wider society’s – interaction with the nonprofit sector. This delivers major benefits to us all in terms of transparency, governance, regulation and, importantly, policy making.”

Benefacts founder and MD Patricia Quinn commented:

“When you consider that nonprofits constitute at least 10% of all of the organisations in Ireland, it’s remarkable that it has taken so long to give them the recognition they deserve. Thanks to new charity regulation, new company reporting standards and consistent government commitment to Open Data principles, we are now able to bring some transparency to a sector that has languished in the shade for too long. We have committed to making this an annual report, disclosing key trends and helping to restore trust in Ireland’s civil society organisations.”

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Boards of nonprofits have 27% more women than the national average!

According to a recent survey carried out by Catalyst, an international nonprofit dedicated to progressing more inclusive workplaces, just 10% of Irish company directors are women*.  When compared to other European states, this figure is at the lower end of the scale – only Portugal has a lower percentage, at 7.9%.  Women hold 22.8% of Board positions in the UK and 29.7% in France.

We wondered – how do the boards of Irish nonprofits compare with this?

We analysed the numbers in the Benefacts Database of Irish Nonprofits, drilling down even further to uncover the gender mix not only for the sector as a whole but also for the various categories of organisations working within the sector.

Women form an average of 37% of the members of the boards of all nonprofits in Ireland – 27% above the national average**.

This average total figure varies quite significantly from sub-sector to sub-sector as you can see in the chart below.

On the boards of Social Services nonprofits, the number of woman directors – at 56% – is almost 6 times the national average for all boards.  This category includes nonprofit organisations providing emergency relief, childcare, services to support families, young people, older people, the Travelling community, homeless people and people with disabilities.

Likewise the proportion of women serving on the boards of advocacy and human rights organisations is higher than the norm, at 44%. At the other end of the scale, the representation of women on the board of recreation or sports nonprofits at 18% is closer to the national average, but 19% lower than the sectoral norm.

Later this year Benefacts will be releasing a major report providing insights into the nonprofit sector in Ireland.  For now, you can explore further governance information on this sector at benefacts.ie/explore

Leadership Profile- Nonprofits in Ireland

*http://www.catalyst.org/knowledge/2014-catalyst-census-women-board-directors
** Benefacts derived its analysis of gender balance among the 55, 519 people who serve on the boards of Irish non-profit companies from public data filed by them with the Companies Registration Office, using a name-recognition algorithm derived from data published by the Central Statistics Office.

 

Almost 20,000 Nonprofits in our New Website Release!

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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