01 Oct 2022

Research finds public strongly values locally-based, small charities like those in Tipperary

Charities and community groups at the forefront of national and local response during times of crisis


There are 1,920 charities in Tipperary, including local voluntary supports

Research findings highlighted by We Act show that people greatly value the work of smaller and local charities and community groups, with 71% of those surveyed agreeing that locally-based organisations have a strong understanding of their needs, while 60% agreed that being local to where they live is important to them.

There are 1,920 charities in Tipperary including local voluntary supports, such as disability services, sports clubs and family resource centres. Respondents believe that these charities have a strong impact on their community and that the charity and community sector is more responsive and flexible than statutory services during times of crisis.

We Act spokesperson Sarah Monaghan said: “We know that most charity and community groups are set up in response to a need or a personal crisis – this need is often local or one that an individual, family or group has direct experience of. 

"For example, in Tipperary, Silver Arch Family Resource Centre in Nenagh provides information, activities and personalised support to individuals and families in the community.”

There are 34,000 organisations in the sector, employing almost 165,000 people with a further one million volunteers. The combined turnover of the sector is approximately €13.9 billion. Over 93,000 people serve on the boards of Irish nonprofits and charities.

Ms Monaghan continued, “The size of the charity and community sector can often surprise people. The sector employs a similar amount of people as the construction industry. But the true value of the sector really becomes apparent during times of crisis. 

"The pandemic demonstrated that – in times of real crisis – charities and community groups are at the forefront of our national and local response.”

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