Ways we give
We’d like to tell you a little more about the big difference you make by choosing Ecclesiastical Ireland.
We’re proudly part of the Benefact Group – a group of financial services companies who give all available profits to charity and good causes.
We think this is very special. it’s what drives us every day to do right by our customers so that together, we can positively impact the lives of so many people across Ireland and the world.
Movement for Good
Over €1 million was given to charities across Ireland and the UK in 2023 through the Movement for Good with over €100,000 of this awarded specifically in Ireland.
Jigsaw was one of three Irish charities to win a Movement for Good large grant in 2023.
The mission of Jigsaw, the youth mental health charity, is to achieve better mental health outcomes for young people (Aged 12 – 25) by delivering therapeutic services, promoting youth mental health and mobilising community and societal change.
What the grant will help to fund
Jigsaw plans to utilise technology to create a Streamlined Access Point into Jigsaw, which will facilitate better, singular access to a greater suite of mental health services for young people, regardless of their geographical location or economic means.
Ecclesiastical Ireland Giving
Each year staff at Ecclesiastical nominate a charity that they wish to support. Monies raised by staff are matched by the company. Depaul Ireland is our nominated charity for 2023 and 2024. Activities across the year included volunteering to clean and decorate a range of premises, a quiz night and a marathon run! Almost €20,000 excluding benefit in kind (volunteer days) was donated to the charity.
Members of the Ecclesiastical Ireland team are given €175 annually to donate to a charity of their choice. If they volunteer for their nominated charity the sum is doubled. If the charity is an Ecclesiastical customer a further €100 is donated.
In 2023, staff who supported charities working in areas of crises – earthquake/flood/famine relief, war zones there was an additional uplift. Christian Aid was one such charity - working with some of the world's most vulnerable communities in 27 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America and the Caribbean. Their fundraising activities in 2023 included the Annual Sheep’s Head Hike in beautiful West Cork where staff assisted as marshals.
90% of staff volunteered in 2023 supporting a wide range of charities across the country.
Staff that donate regularly to a registered charity directly also have their contributions matched.
The Church of Ireland began a three-year mental health promotion initiative in October 2020. This initiative aims to raise awareness of and respond to the mental health needs of communities across the island of Ireland. The project was made possible by a significant grant from our charitable owner the Benefact Trust.
Over €2.5 million was awarded to Christian Churches and charities across Ireland in 2023 by Benefact Trust, our charitable owner, responding to a variety of applications from church repairs, the cost of living crisis to supporting a Dublin-based Ukrainian Community Centre working with recently arrived refugees.