A new forum designed to help promote more Irish philanthropy has been launched by Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan.
Speaking at the first meeting of the Forum, which he chaired, Minister Hogan said: "I believe that if we develop the right environment for charitable fundraising and philanthropy the Irish people will contribute even more to funding civil society and creating a better and a fairer Ireland.
"The development of charitable fundraising capacity and the expansion of philanthropy in Ireland will better support the work of charities, voluntary groups, and artistic organisations who are doing so much to help people cope with the economic crisis and to make Ireland a better place to live," he said.
He urged the Forum to report back by the end of the year with an agenda for action, and pledged his support proposals to develop the sector.
Philanthropy Ireland has welcomed the convening of the expanded forum on philanthropy and fundraising. Seamus Mulconry, Executive Director of Philanthropy Ireland, said Ireland needs a vibrant civil society and philanthropy is one of the ways in which civil society can be supported to the benefit of all.