Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (1023)

Alan Kelly

Question:

1023. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the status of the development of a strategy on philanthropy; the stakeholders he has been engaging with in respect of same; if the development of such a strategy will include a public consultation process; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45266/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

My Department has commenced work on the development of a national policy and strategy to grow and develop philanthropy in Ireland. As a first step in this process, a request for tender is in preparation to conduct research into the current landscape of philanthropic giving in Ireland and to complete an independent report providing an overview of the philanthropy sector.

The Department has engaged with key stakeholders - Philanthropy Ireland, Charities Institute Ireland and Social Innovation Fund Ireland - to seek their views on the scope of the research.

Once the body of research has been completed and the results assessed, it is intended to consult with the public on the issues arising, before preparing a National Philanthropy Policy for Government approval.