How the Irish Cancer Society is funded

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The Irish Cancer Society receives only 3% funding from the State. This means that we must raise over €20 million each year to run the services and programmes providing free cancer information, care and support.

In 2018, the Society’s total income was €22.3 million The Society’s total expenditure was €20 million in 2018.

The vast majority of 2018 income came from the generous support of the public, through fundraising campaigns, donations, bequests and charity shop sales.  

Grants from the State represented only 3% of our total income.

Fundraising campaigns and events

Money raised during fundraising campaigns like Daffodil Day, Cups Against Breast Cancer, Dare to Care and many more raised over €12.7 million to support the work of the Irish Cancer Society.

Fundraising events organised by volunteers in their local communities like head shaves, car washes, etc., raised another €3.0 million in 2018 to support our work.

Corporate fundraising and donations

The Irish Cancer Society depends on the support of corporations and workplaces across the country to help fund our work. Our corporate partnership programme offers companies across Ireland a great way to get involved and share in our mission.

Each year the Society benefits from corporate partners like Boots Ireland, Centra, Aldi Ireland and many more, raising over €1.7 million to support the work of the Society.

Learn more about our corporate partnerships.

Donations and legacies (gifts left in wills and estates)

Funds given to the Society as donations through our website, over the phone, in person and through wills and estates raised €4.5 million in 2018.

Charity shops

The Society has 21 charity shops across the country, selling household items including clothes, shoes, books, bric-a-brac, giftware, collectables and more. Our shops also accept donations of household items.

In 2018, sales through our 21 charity shops raised over €3.6 million to support the work of the Society.

Charitable activities and grants

The Irish Cancer Society receives grants from several bodies to support its work. In 2018, the Government provided grants in the amount of €1.4 million to the Society to support our Travel2Care travel assistance fund, as well as our Night Nursing end of life care for patients. This income from government agencies represented only 3% of the Society's total income.

As part of Microsoft’s Product Donations programme, the Irish Cancer Society also benefits from free licensing of Microsoft applications that will make sure the Society remains technologically progressive and able to more efficiently provide services and care for people affected by cancer in Ireland through the work of its employees and volunteers.

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