Thanks for Attending our Q1 2021 Irish Giving Index Webinar

Thanks to everyone who attended our webinar, How effective was your Fundraising Performance in Q1 2021? Insights from Irish Giving Index Q1 2021 report’ on Thursday 16th September. We had a fantastic session with John Fleming, CEO of St. John of God’s Foundation.

About the Irish Giving Index

The Irish Giving Index is the only Irish nonprofit sector tool which tracks and analyses the fundraising landscape. This enables organisations to benchmark fundraising performance against relevant subsectors. 

As a subscriber, you will understand the driving factors behind the changes in fundraising. One benefit of subscribing is that the index can help you make decisions at senior level and can also enable sector-wide solutions for fundraising in the nonprofit sector.

Dennis O’Connor and Rebecca Droop explained the increase in fundraised income and the insights within each subsector- including health, social services and international. The attendees also engaged in several polls, so we could gain an idea of our attendees’ nonprofit backgrounds and fundraised income.

John Fleming, CEO, St. John of God Foundation

A huge thanks to John Fleming, CEO of St. John of God Foundation, who joined the webinar to discuss how he uses the Irish Giving Index to support his fundraising strategies. Since 1960, St. John of God Foundation have been dedicated to raising funds to enrich the quality of life for those living with intellectual disabilities and mental health challenges.  

John uses the Irish Giving Index to ensure his team are meeting their fundraising ratio. He described the index as a, “straightforward graphic that can back up my fundraising plans” as they decide which strategies are the best value for money.

Subscribe to the Irish Giving Index

If you are interested in subscribing to our Irish Giving Index, please contact Dennis O’Connor or Rebecca Droop. If you would like to find out more about the Irish Giving Index, please visit our website.

If anyone is interested in watching the webinar, click here.

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Irish Giving Index Webinar Q1 2021

2into3 invites you to join, How effective was your Fundraising Performance in Q1 2021? Insights from Irish Giving Index Q1 2021 report’ on Thursday 16th September 2021 at 11am, where we will look at the key changes in fundraising trends in Q1 2021. Understanding these trends will enable your team to develop longer-term effective fundraising plans for your organisation.

The content of the webinar is based on validated research from Irish Giving Index report for Q1 2021. This webinar will include a Q&A session with our consultants and interactive polls throughout.

John Fleming, Chief Executive Officer at St. John of God Foundation, will be joining us during the webinar. St. John of God Foundation are dedicated to raising funds to enrich the quality of life for those in our community living with intellectual disabilities and mental health challenges. John Fleming will explain how the fundraising team in St. John of God Foundation use the insights from Irish Giving Index to enhance their fundraising strategies and activities.

If you are interested in finding out more, Register for Irish Giving Index webinar on Thursday 16th Sept at 11am to get a snapshot of the latest findings and how you can use the Index to invest in the future of your organisation. All those who register will receive a copy of the webinar recording, 24 hours later, in case the time of the event does not suit.

Did you know:

  • Fundraised Income in ROI increased by 16% year-on-year.
  • Fundraising mix of organisations shifted, with significant growth seen in Trusts & Foundations.
  • DM Marketing Appeals/Campaigns were the most expensive fundraising method of Q1, 2021, costing 0.45 for every euro raised, when compared to same quarter in 2020.

(source: Irish Giving Index Q1 2021)

For more information on our Irish Giving Index, visit here. We hope to see many of you in attendance on Thursday 16th September. For further information on our findings, contact Dennis O’Connor.

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Increased Investment in Sports Equipment

The much anticipated Sports Capital and Equipment Programme announced the equipment grant allocations on Friday 6th August and there was an unprecedented level of investment in grass roots sports clubs of all descriptions. The announcements came in 3 different tranches:

  1. Local – individual sports clubs & voluntary organisations
  2. Regional – a provincial/ county based organisation
  3. NGB – national sporting organisations

Speaking at the announcement of the grants Minister Martin stated that “Priority was given to projects that will increase participation, that are located in areas with higher levels of socio-economic disadvantage and to organisations that did not receive significant funding under the Programme previously”.

Local Club Allocations

There were a total of 692 successful club applications, an increase of 275 on the previous funding round, with 76% of all local club applications successful in attracting funds of €13,029,177, an increase of over €4.5million on the 2018 allocations.

As we focus on the local applications, the top 10 sports local allocations has changed to represent the emergence of new outdoor sports in the country, in particular water sports, which has achieved international success in the Olympics.

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The importance of multi-sport centres remains vital to participation levels of all abilities and in all areas. Minister Martin states, “funding is being allocated to the clubs, schools and organisations which are striving to serve all of the community and especially those groups where there are traditionally lower participation levels”.

Analysing these amounts via county shows a different spread than in 2018 allocations, as Dublin comes top with almost a threefold investment in local clubs. The overall allocation has increased for other major cities, such as Cork and Galway. In addition, the makeup of the top 5 has one new contender, with Meath being successful in attracting almost €550k. Whereas comparatively, in 2018, they were the 25th in allocations and received €52,617.

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Furthermore, it is also important to look at per capita amount allocated, to ascertain which county has increased or decreased their share of funds. As you can see from the diagram below, Kerry and Westmeath have increased whereas Donegal, Galway and Waterford have decreased.

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National and Regional Allocations

In previous allocations, the distinction was local or regional. However, in this round, the regional is divided further between regional organisations, such as local authorities, education bodies or NGBs who are the sport’s national governing bodies.

The National Governing Bodies continue to invest in equipment for their sports clubs with a total €2,167,961 allocated to 44 NGBs, which represents 78% of what they applied for. There is a new player in the Top 10 list of allocations, The ROI Snooker and Billiards Association were 100% successful in attracting funds to equip their new National HQ Training Academy in Co Laois.

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There is a €1.4 million allocation for projects which have regional significance across 22 counties and the top 5 counties are Kildare, Dublin, Roscommon, Cork and Kerry.

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The regional allocations by sport also show a different picture than the club allocations, which looks at more traditional sporting activities across Ireland.

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In conclusion, the 2021 Equipment Allocations show a sustained investment programme in the sporting landscape across Ireland for all abilities and interests. Whether it’s training for Olympic success or aiming to improve club members sporting activity, this investment will boost these sporting ambitions. It also shows support for sporting volunteers at the grass roots level, with additional equipment to help participants reach their goals.

If you would like to discuss these findings further, contact Patricia Keenan on (+44) 28 9592 1558, or by mobile on (+353) 86 065 7935. For more information on our Sports Capital Grant Applications, click here.

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2into3 Partnership with NI Sports Forum

Senior consultant, Patricia Keenan, met with our partners, NI Sports Forum, to discuss how sports clubs can benefit from 2into3’s services. We work with schools, community groups, voluntary groups, and National Governing Bodies (NGBs) to help maximise their potential. Additionally, 2into3 also advise clubs on how to develop their strategies, fundraising, sponsorships and communications.

The Northern Ireland Sports Forum was originally established in 1955 as the Northern Ireland Council of Physical Recreation, and in 1997, was renamed the Northern Ireland Sports Forum. They exist to promote amateur sport and physical recreation, which results in improved physical and mental health.

Our partnership with NI Sports Forum is crucial, as we deliver webinars in conjunction with their organisation, focusing on inclusivity, gender, mental health, and much more. As the NI Sports Forum act as the, “Independent Voice of Voluntary Sport in Northern Ireland”, 2into3 also acknowledge a variety of sports and aim to assist voluntary sporting organisations to reach their full potential.

Patricia outlines how several clubs operate on an annual basis, but do not have a strategic plan for their long-term goals. Patricia discusses how having a long-term view is crucial for club development. At 2into3, we advise that each committee should be continuously proactive in every aspect of their sporting organisation. Clubs and sports organisations are communities of people, and are encouraged to actively seek development in all aspects of their club.



As Patricia describes during the video, we recently worked with a National Governing Body (NGB). Initially, they wanted to achieve additional equipment and we aimed to provide advice on equipment grants. Instead, we evaluated their overall organisation, to gain a better sense of their long-term goals. On evaluation, it was evident that their national centre was no longer fit for purpose. Their initial equipment grants developed into seeking large-scale funding. Now, they’re in the process of developing a plan for a €2 million national training centre. 2into3 has transformed this nonprofit to reach their full potential. What may have started as a small goal for an NGB, has now turned into a huge development project and asset to their organisation.

For more information, visit here, or contact Patricia Keenan.

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Thanks for attending our ‘How effective was your Fundraising Performance in Q4 2020?’ webinar

Thanks to everyone who attended our webinar -‘How effective was your Fundraising Performance in Q4 2020? Insights from Irish Giving Index Q4 2020 report’ on Wednesday this week. At the webinar we announced all Charities Institute Ireland (CII) members can now avail of a 10% discount on subscription to this service. 

The Irish Giving Index is the only Irish nonprofit sector tool which tracks and analyses the fundraising landscape. This enables organisations to benchmark fundraising performance against relevant subsectors. 

Rebecca Droop, from 2into3, explained the increase in fundraised income and the insights within each subsector- including health, social services and international. Furthermore, Rebecca outlined the predicted outcome of fundraised income in 2020 and how it exceeded initial predictions. ‘Selling something’ was the only method of fundraising that decreased from 2019 to 2020. 

Charlie Lamson, Head of Fundraising at Irish Red Cross, joined the webinar to explain how he uses insights from the Irish Giving Index for nonprofit fundraising. Charlie noted how the index can be particularly useful when making fundraising decisions at the base level, to pass onto the management team. 

Charlie added, “We use the index within the team on a regular basis. Sometimes, we can get caught up on everyday tasks, but these numbers are extremely useful to see how we are doing in respect to other nonprofits.” 

Scott Kelly, Chief Operating Officer at Charities Institute Ireland (CII) also joined the webinar. Similarly, he also noted the use the index to improve knowledge within the sector and the benefits the Index can bring to the fundraising decision-making process. 

If you would like to find out more about the Irish Giving Index, or if you would like to subscribe, contact Dennis O’Connor directly. 

Thank you for attending ‘Planning your LEADER project’ webinar

Thank you for attending our ‘Planning your LEADER project’ webinar on Tuesday 8th June, in conjugation with The Wheel. There were 74 attendees who participated in our Q&A section and interactive polls. Our consultant, Patricia Keenan, recapped on the first webinar, ‘Introduction to LEADER funding’, and provided the next steps in applying for LEADER funding.

The aim of the Transitional LEADER Programme is to allow locally-led rural development projects to continue to be delivered using the current LEADER model until the new EU programme commences in 2023. The Transitional LEADER Programme came into effect on 1st April 2021. This focuses on Economic Development, Enterprise Development, Job Creation, Social Inclusion and Rural Environment.


There are 7 key principles of the LEADER programme:

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Patricia outlined the eligibility requirements, what is included and excluded. LEADER funding is available to rural communities outside the boundaries of Dublin, Galway, Waterford, Cork and Limerick. The beneficiary of the project can be a private business or community based group responsible for initiating and implementing the LEADER project. LEADER funding is only granted to projects that can be successfully implemented and will positively impact the community.

Patricia then discussed the application process. The first stage- ‘expression of interest’ and the second stage- ‘full application’. Patricia detailed the process around each of these stages.

This webinar was the second in our three- part series. Our next LEADER funding webinar is on 22nd June from 10:30am to 12:00pm, register here if you would like to attend our free webinar. It will be an interactive session highlighting follow-up supports for project applications. It will also feature a panel discussion with organisations with experience in LEADER funding application and implementation.

If you missed this webinar, you can watch the recording here. If you would like to find out more about LEADER funding, contact Patricia Keenan.

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Thank you for attending our ‘Introduction to LEADER funding’ webinar

Thank you for attending our ‘Introduction to LEADER funding’ webinar on Tuesday 25th May, in conjugation with The Wheel. There were 105 attendees from organisations across Ireland and we received exceptionally high feedback. Our consultant, Patricia Keenan, outlined what LEADER is and the steps required to avail of this funding for rural organisations.

The LEADER programme is an EU initiative to support rural development projects initiated at the local level in order to revitalize them, whilst supporting economic development, social inclusion and rural environment. LEADER supports job creation, entrepreneurship, projects that tackle current issues and encourages rural communities to build on their strengths & assets.

Since 1991, LEADER became widely recognized as having been a successful pilot instrument to mobilise local actors in a bottom-up, territorial and integrated approach to pursue local development in rural areas.


There are 7 key principles to achieving LEADER funding:

  1. Area based local development strategies
  2. Bottom up elaboration and implementation of strategies
  3. Local public-private partnerships
  4. Integrated and multisectoral actions
  5. Innovation
  6. Cooperation
  7. Networking

A key focus of the webinar was providing information to communities who have not received funding before, and plan to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Patricia outlined how important it is for rural organisations to use innovative strategies to combat issues risen throughout the past year.

During the webinar, the 105 attendees interacted in our polls, giving an insight into how many people have received LEADER funding previously. At the end of the presentation, there was a Q&A, where Patricia answered over 20 questions from organisations across Ireland.

Our next Leader Funding webinar is on 8th June at 2.30pm, register here if you would like to attend. This webinar will focus on how to plan your leader project, outlining the steps required in your application.

If you would like to find out more about LEADER funding, contact Patricia Keenan.

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Thanks For Attending Our Strategic Planning: Learn The Basics Webinar 

Thank you to our 180 attendees at our ‘Strategic Planning: Learn the Basics’ webinar last Friday. During the webinar held in conjugation with The Wheel, our consultant, Niamh Carruthers, explained the benefits of having a strategic plan. The attendees engaged consistently in our polls and Q&A box, which were answered in detail by our consultants. 

Niamh explained how a strategic plan is as much about the process as the end result itself. It allows everyone in the organisation to engage with the company’s mission, vision and values to outline the organisation’s goals. It is important that your strategic plan is aspirational, but that it is also based on fixed values within the company. This also allows your organisation to grow in a focused way, remaining on-track and unified.  

Niamh discussed how Teach Tearmainn used 2into3’s strategic planning services. They outlined their ‘Mission, Vision & Values’, with 2into3’s consultants guiding them through the strategic plan process. This allowed Teach Termainn to evaluate where they currently are, and where they want to grow in the future, without deviating from their original values.  

During the webinar, there were detailed steps on how to make your strategic plan work for you. It is important to take an all-company approach to your strategic plan. This ensures consistent communication, which will unify your company and can connect your organisation towards achievable goals. 

If you would like to develop a strategic plan for your organisation, contact today. Or, read more information on strategic planning.

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Thank you to Sinead Price from Pieta House for participating in our Irish Giving Index Webinar

A massive thank you to Sinead Price, Co-Director of Fundraising at Pieta House, for joining our Irish Giving Index webinar on Tuesday 27th April. Sinead discussed how Pieta House use the Irish Giving Index to make strategic fundraising decisions and identify fundraising opportunities. They also use it as a tool to monitor their performance against the sector and then their own subsector. 

Pieta provides professional support to those who are having suicidal thoughts, with extended support to friends and family who have lost someone due to suicide. They provide a free 24/7 helpline, with accredited therapists to help anyone experiencing suicidal thoughts.  

Sinead explained how beneficial the Irish Giving Index is at identifying where opportunities currently are and using the data to build a case for securing board level sign-off of plans. 

During the Irish Giving Index webinar, 2into3 explained the breakdown of fundraising by subsector, organisational size and fundraised income for Q3 2020. The cost to raise €1 in Q3 2020 had fallen to an average of €0.19, with costs per each method of fundraising detailed. 

If you missed the webinar, you can view the recording. If you would like more information on the Irish Giving Index, please contact Dennis O’Connor.  

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Sports Capital Grant Applications 2021

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A year of lockdown has not dampened Sports Clubs’ Ambition

In December 2020, the eagerly awaited Sports Capital and Equipment Grant programme opened for applications with an estimated budget of €40million. This also coincided with increased restrictions and the cancellation of all organised sport. Speaking at the launch of the programme, The Minister of State with responsibility for Sport, Jack Chambers, stated, “The COVID-19 pandemic has emphasised how important sport is to our society…critical for our physical and mental wellbeing. The new programme will again prioritise applications from disadvantaged areas…which will increase participation, including female participation and disabled users and those which share facilities with other users.”


What was the impact of COVID-19 to grant applications? How did clubs and the wider community respond to the uncertainty?

The Sports Capital and Equipment Grant programme received a total of 3,106 applications which were split across local applications (2,976 to a value of €177,438,655) and regional applications (130 to a value of €22,793,727). The total amount sought in this round is €200,232,382, which represents a 32.5% increase (or approximately €38.4 million) on the 2018 applications, indicating a strong demand locally and regionally.  

The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin, T.D, states, “It has been a tough year for many sports clubs, but the level of interest shows that clubs are determined to have improved facilities for their members when we emerge from the current Covid crisis.”

This optimism is evident through the level of interest in the Grants programme webinars offered by National Governing Bodies (NGBs) and the Local Sports Partnerships, to assist in explaining the application process, some of which attracted attendance of over 300 clubs in one session. 

2into3- Sports Capital Grant Applications 2021

Source: Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, 2into3 analysis 

However, although there are an increase in the number of application and the amount sought, what was the overall picture when we look at the amount sought per capita, per county?

2into3- Sports Capital Grant Applications per capita 2018- 2020

If we look at Dublin, there is a 23% increase in number of grants submitted however they amount sought per capita has dropped by 7%, whereas in Cork, the number of applicants increased by 20% and this was matched by 20% increase in amount per capita sought.

In Louth, the number of applicants more than doubled (63% increase) however the increase per capita sought increased by only 23%. These figures would suggest that there were smaller amounts being sought by a larger group of applicants and there is a greater diversity in the applicant base.  

 As the programme is designed to increase participation in sport, it is important for us to look at what sports are applying for grants in 2021? There were 63 different sport type organisations who applied for funding and the top ten sports remain similar from 2018, however their ranking in the top 10 has altered slightly.   

2into3- Sports Capital Grant Applications Top 10 Sports by Application

 Source: Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, 2into3 analysis 

However, its important to look beyond the Top 10 and see what the breakdown of sporting interests are across the country and who is seeking to develop their facilities. A total of €19,735,089 was sought by the remaining 53 sport types, with the highest of those being equestrian sports which is seeking €2,008,229 but the range of amounts sought goes down to 7,253.82. The full range of applicants is testament to the sporting life of the country and how it continues to grow despite challenges.  

 Other Sports by % of total grants sought

2into3- Total Grants Sought Sports Grant Application

Source: Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, 2into3 analysis 


Applicant type 

This diversity in sport is reflected in the groups who are applying to the programme for finance. The type of applicant tells us about the involvement of the wider community in submitting applications and not just as a licensee but as a community wide initiative to increase participation in sport. Nationally 75.3% of applications received were from Sports Clubs and the remainder from a cross section of the nonprofit sector.  

2into3- Applicant Type by Subsector Sports Capital Grant Application

Source: Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, 2into3 analysis 


In conclusion 

There is no decline in the ambition of sports clubs to continue to grow and develop their facilities and they are looking to the future as to how they can meet the current and future needs of their members. The Department are currently processing both local and regional applications and there is yet no indication as to when the allocations will be announced. However, given the level of interest in the programme and club engagement there is a will for sports clubs to survive through these challenges and continue to grow post lockdown.  


Patricia Keenan - 2into3 Belfast office

Patricia Keenan is a Senior Consultant with 2into3 and leads Grant Services on behalf of the company. She has delivered numerous webinars assisting clubs in the Sports Capital Application process, as well as managing individual Capital Grant Applications for regional and local funding on behalf of clubs and NGBs.

For more information, contact Patricia.