I came across this article printed in the Irish Medical News on The Charity Place. What concerns me a little bit is that the figures quoted seem to be comparing 06 and 07 results (pre recession) and in another case refers to Lottery Funding not donations. I’m not sure pieces like this are helpful.
Health charities funding concern
Written by Paul Mulholland Monday, 10 November 2008 16:17
A number of Irish health charities have expressed serious concern about their ability to raise funding as a result of the economic downturn and many will have to significantly downscale their activities next year, IMN can reveal.
The Irish Heart Foundation’s (IHF) Chief Executive Mr Michael O’Shea told IMN that the Foundation’s ability to raise money for heart health and resuscitation programmes, the national patient helpline, and cardiovascular research have already been affected.
In 2007, the IHF’s income decreased by 4.2 per cent, from €4.9 million in 2006 to €4.7 million. The Irish Kidney Association (IKA) said its funding was down on the €2.8 million it received last year, stating that it is the first time in 20 years that lottery funding it has received from the Department of Health has been less than the year before, coming down from €650,000 in 2007 to €500,000 in 2008.
IKA Chief Executive Mr Mark Murphy told IMN that the reduction in lottery money has impacted on the Association’s ability to advertise for organ donor awareness. Smaller charities may be the worst hit. The Irish Raynaud’s and Scleroderma Society says the worsening economic climate means that fundraising supplies will dry up. It admits that it has already experienced a reduction in the amount of money being raised by funding events and has already scaled back its activities by offering fewer services to patients.
The Diabetes Federation of Ireland (DFI) has acknowledged that it too is looking for ways to make savings moving into 2009. A spokesperson for the DFI told IMN that although there were no plans to cut back on events planned for next year, the Federation would be “tightening its belt” by reducing postage costs and doing the majority of its correspondence by email.
Another charity affected by the downturn is the Mater Foundation – the fundraising arm of the Mater Hospital, Dublin – which, according to its Chief Executive, Ms Mary Moorehead, plans to halve the size of its annual fundraising ball in the Mansion Hall, Dublin, in June next year from 400 to approximately 200, as a result of the financial climate.
However, in contrast to the above charities, Cystic Fibrosis Ireland said it has no plans yet to cut back its activity, and the Irish Cancer Society said it has seen no effect of the economic downturn yet, and that it was too early to say about the impact on funding next year.
Meanwhile, the Medical Research Charities Group will hold its annual conference at the end of this week, where it will reveal that its members plan to raise €41 million for medical research from 2008 to 2010.