Country Idealist Profiles

Ireland – The Number of Community & Voluntary Organisations in Ireland.

According to The Wheel (A support and representative body connecting Community and Voluntary organisations across Ireland) there are over 19,000 organisations in the community & voluntary sector in Ireland.  Each plays a vital part in maintaining an inclusive society, and the sector as a whole makes a big contribution to the Irish economy.  Over two thirds of Irish adults (over 2 million people) engage annually in the myriad of social, sporting, cultural and humanitarian activities offered by these community and voluntary organisations.  The community and voluntary sector directly contributes over €2.5billion to the economy each year.  Community and voluntary organisations employed over 40,000 full time and 23,000 part time staff in 2004, with volunteers providing the work of a further 31,000 full time equivalents.
http://www.wheel.ie/user/policy_advocacy/supporting_volunteering_encouraging_active_citizenship_investing_in_social_capital/supporting_and_enabling_voluntary_activity
 
The Centre for Nonprofit Management CNM in Trinity College estimates that there are almost 25,000 non-profit organisations in Ireland.  The non-profit definition used by the CNM is broader than the community and voluntary sector as it includes all non-profit bodies.  Therefore this definition includes some hospitals, hospices an education providers.  However, of the organisations identified by the CNM, the majority are likely to be community and voluntary organisations.  The following table outlines their regional distribution:

Region Number % of National Total
Dublin 6,147 24.9
Rest of Leinster 6,540 26.5
Munster 6,822 27.6
Connaught 3,865 15.6
Ulster (3 counties) 1,333 5.4
Republic of Ireland 24,707 100
 
 
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