Matheson’s Dublin offices hosted the first Funding Network philanthropic event to take place in Ireland on 20 November 2014. The inaugural event was hugely successful, raising over €63,000 for four Irish charities – well ahead of the €16,000 target set for the event.
The Matheson Foundation partnered with Philanthropy Ireland to host the event, which was supported by the Funding Network London. The event was compèred by broadcaster George Hook and over 100 guests attended.
The Funding Network Ireland is an innovative “Dragon’s Den” style initiative. It showcased four charities to an invited and enthusiastic audience of potential donors to raise funds for specific projects. The four charities making a case for their projects to receive funding were Blossom Ireland, Irish Men’s Sheds, Move4Parkinson’s and the Early Learning Initiative.
Turlough Galvin, the head of the Matheson Foundation, the firm’s corporate philanthropy initiative, said, “It was a pleasure to host this innovative event. The Matheson Foundation has two clear strategic goals: to encourage corporate philanthropy in Ireland and to help Irish children to fulfil their potential. The event’s extraordinary success has made a real and immediate difference to four excellent charities. We wish the Funding Network Ireland every success in the future.”
Seamus Mulconry, Executive Director of Philanthropy Ireland, said that the event offered “an opportunity to introduce people to the concept of philanthropy and the opportunity to support some wonderful start up charities which are already making a huge difference and have the potential to make even more of an impact with a little bit of help.”
Visit the Philanthropy Ireland/ Funding Network page to see additional photos from the event.
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