Fergal O’Sullivan joins 2into3 as they bid farewell to Amy Power

Last week, following a very successful 5 years, 2into3 bid farewell to their Head of Consulting and Research, Amy Power, who will join the Social Innovation Fund as a Fund Manager. Amy leaves behind her a great legacy in 2into3, having established the annual Fundraising Performance Report as the sector landmark which it has become, as well as developing 2into3’s Quarterly Fundraising Monitor benchmarking service. Amy also advised a range of clients in developing their fundraising strategies. Over the last number of years, Amy has provided mentoring support for a range of graduate trainees on the For Purpose Graduate programme. Amy will continue to provide technical guidance on the 9th Fundraising Report and will join the For Purpose Advisory Panel in a personal capacity.

With Amy’s departure, 2into3 say hello to Fergal O’Sullivan, who will now head up 2into3’s Recruitment business. Fergal has spent the last seven years working in the not-for-profit sector, having previously served as CEO of the Coeliac Society of Ireland. He has held a range of management positions, including fundraising and strategic development roles with Make-A-Wish and NCBI, as well as in a pro-bono capacity with Chernobyl Children International. Fergal is currently on the board of HIV Ireland. Fergal is a past board member of Make-A-Wish Ireland and My Legacy, acting as Chairman of the latter from 2016 to 2019.

With Fergal heading up recruitment, 2into3 Director, Dennis O’Connor will revert back to his former role as Head of Consulting and Research, where he will be able to work closely with clients on fundraising and organisational strategies.

Speaking about the changes in 2into3, Dennis O’Connor said:

“It has been a pleasure to work with Amy over the last five years and I have no doubt she will go on to have a very successful career in the not-for-profit sector. On the other hand, Fergal will be a very strong addition to our team. His experience in the charity sector will prove to be a very valuable asset to 2into3’s recruitment team.”

This week, 2into3 also launched their new website which you can check out here.

Irish Sailing Performance HQ planned for Dun Laoghaire

President Of Irish Sailing Jack Roy speaking at the announcement.

2into3 would like to express its delight with Irish Sailing’s announcement for a new Performance Headquarters, funded entirely by the Irish Sailing Foundation and located on the grounds of the Commissioners of Irish Lights, Dun Laoghaire.

The aim of the Irish Sailing Performance HQ is to house the senior Irish sailing teams and improve both training and educational opportunities for them, thereby creating systematic medal potential.

The Performance HQ will be entirely mobile and will consist of three converted shipping containers which have space for briefings and athlete education, a gym, gear storage and a boat maintenance area. The athlete briefing room can then be shipped directly to international competitions such as the Olympics in Tokyo 2020 and provide a base for our athletes overseas.  Outside there will be a boat park and a pontoon for launching the boats.

The new facility will provide our senior sailing athletes with an improved, multi-dimensional performance environment. Regular events such as the Youth Nationals will continue to be hosted by clubs.

President of Irish Sailing Jack Roy, said “when philanthropic generosity is combined with a passion for Irish sporting success on the world stage we see results – in this instance a Performance HQ that will ensure a bright future for Irish Sailing.”

James O’Callaghan, Irish Sailing Performance Director added “led by Rory Fitzpatrick our Head Coach, the impact of the new Irish Sailing Performance HQ can not be underestimated. We will finally have a place we can call “home”.  The performance environment created will allow for consistent coaching, a base for equipment and our own direct access to the water which all adds up to give our athletes the best opportunities to reach their maximum potential.”

Subject to planning requirements, it is hoped that work will be completed by end of summer 2018.

2into3 has worked closely with Irish Sailing to achieve this milestone through our consulting and recruitment services since 2016.

To learn more about how 2into3 builds capacity of sports organisations please contact 2into3’s Director Dennis O’Connor at Dennis@2into3.com or call 01 234 3184.

Sports Capital 2018 Announced

After a summer of anticipation, the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport announced the 2018 Sports Capital Programme this morning. The Sports Capital Programme aims to foster an integrated and planned approach to developing sports and physical recreation facilities throughout the country.

Applications will be accepted from Friday September 7th and will close on Friday October 19th. The last chance to register through the online platform OSCAR will be 5pm on Friday October 5th.

Speaking today, Minister Griffin explained that, “In particular, we are introducing some significant changes in our assessment methodology to ensure that we minimise the number of invalid applications. We will also give even greater priority to applications from disadvantaged areas and projects that promote the sharing of sports facilities with other clubs and the wider community.”

2into3 work with sporting bodies and clubs on such projects which best suit their specific situations. In 2017, 2into3 were responsible for assisting four clubs achieve their Sports Capital grant, which totalled €378,000 in allocated funding. We will work on a maximum of 10 applications this year.

To assist clubs with their applications, 2into3 will hit the road with Sports for Business holding Sports Capital Masterclasses in Cork, Athlone and Dublin. For more information click here.

If you are interested with working with 2into3 on a Sports Capital Project or for more information, please contact our experts on the Sports Capital Programme:

Dennis O’Connor, 2into3 Director – 01 234 3184 / Dennis@2into3.com.
Darren McMahon, 2into3 Analyst – 01 234 3127 / Darren.McMahon@2into3.com

Legacy Giving Should Become the Norm

Last week was momentous for five Irish Charities following the passing of Elizabeth O’Kelly. Mrs. O’Kelly donated €6 million each to The Irish Cancer Society, The Irish Heart Foundation, The Irish Kidney Association, The Irish Society for Autistic Children and the RNLI. For the Irish Cancer Society, which is one of Ireland’s largest, most prominent charities the gift was the largest the organisation has ever received and represents the income of two annual Dafodil Days.

Despite the generosity of the gift it puts into context the reality of how underdeveloped legacy giving is in Ireland. This is largely due to the to lack of tax incentives surrounding charitable giving. This makes Ireland is one of the few developed economies which caps the incentive. Most countries, including the U.K., set no annual limit for the value of donation by a taxpayer on which the tax paid is reclaimable.

According to 2into3’s Annual Fundraising Performance Report, for legacy donations, the U.K. offers a specific incentive where 10% or more of an estate is donated there is a 4% reduction on the tax paid on the entire estate. In Ireland no such incentive currently exists.

While this bequest is an achievement to be celebrated by very deserving organisations, this type of giving should be the norm, especially considering Ireland’s aging demographic, as the intergenerational transfer of wealth becomes an increasingly relevant issue.

According to the Community Foundation for Ireland’s Legacies for Good report, the prize is too big to ignore! Currently in Ireland, it is estimated that only 0.9% of intergenerational transfer of wealth at death goes to charity compared to 4% in the U.K. If charitable legacies in Ireland were to match the 4% in the U.K. they would be currently generating up to €220 million per annum.

Finally, if these types of gifts are to become the norm, the sector must come together and move towards relationship-based fundraising and be able to articulate their vision and focus on transformative gifts as part of their fundraising strategies!