The Irish Heritage Trust
Greatest Need Fund

Regular Individual Giving

At the Irish Heritage Trust no donation gets lost in the shuffle. Every single donation helps us in our mission to safeguard and to preserve Irish Heritage – not just for today, but for generations to come.


We still have so much to do and so we ask you to consider becoming an Irish Heritage Pioneer. Our Irish Heritage Pioneers support the work of the Trust across all its activities by helping us to increase the access to these wonderful properties. We do this through imaginative outreach programmes, creative educational partnerships and by developing engaging visitor experiences.

We wish to raise aspirations for Irish Heritage and to do this we need to inspire your philanthropic support.

Becoming an Irish Heritage Pioneer is more than just donating money – it is an investment in who we are and where we came from. We all have a role in minding the stories, the places and the traditions which make us who we are today.

Our Irish Heritage Pioneers demonstrate their support with these ideals by donating €25 a month to the areas of greatest need at the Trust. With your support we can alight upon new ways of sharing and preserving Irish Heritage.

Become an Irish Heritage Pioneer today

The Trust’s Greatest Need Fund allows us to respond swiftly and flexibly to acute need. It is this ability to respond to changing circumstances and emerging opportunities which makes this fund so important to the work of the Trust. As all donations to the Greatest Need Fund are unrestricted it equips the Trust with the flexibility and agility to allocate these funds where it can have the greatest philanthropic impact.

This kind of philanthropic support is a salute to the past, an investment in the work that needs to be done today and an eye to the future, where our shared heritage also belongs.

With a lot of us doing our bit for Irish Heritage we can be sure that together we can do great things!

Would you like to make a
once-off donation in support
of our work?

If you would like to make a once-off donation in support of the work of the Irish Heritage Trust, or to support a specific Irish Heritage Trust property, you may do so by clicking on the button below.

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“The Trust’s Greatest Need Fund allows us to respond swiftly and flexibly to acute need. It is this ability to respond to changing circumstances and emerging opportunities which makes this fund so important to the work of the Trust. As all donations to the Greatest Need Fund are unrestricted it equips the Trust with the flexibility and agility to allocate these funds where it can have the greatest philanthropic impact.”

Anne O’Donoghue – CEO of the Irish Heritage Trust

Our Properties

We manage and care for Fota House, Arboretum & Gardens, Johnstown Castle Estate & Gardens, and Strokestown Park House & Gardens,The National Famine Museum | Strokestown Park as well as the National Famine Museum, the Irish Agricultural Museum and thanks to the generosity of Fingal County Council, we are thrilled to be establishing a significant cultural hub at No.11 Parnell Square East, Dublin 1 (the headquarters of the Irish Heritage Trust) which will be used by a wide variety of educational, arts, cultural and heritage organisations. This involves exciting plans to create ‘The Poetry Ireland Centre’ as well as a shared heritage space, in a historic building that can be enjoyed by the public for generations to come. All of these enchanting properties are managed on behalf of the community on a non-profit basis.

Tax Efficient Giving

If you are an Irish taxpayer and donate more than €250 to the Irish Heritage Trust in any year you may increase the value of your gift to the Trust by 44.9%. The Government approved tax back scheme can be availed of by signing and completing a CHY3 Enduring Certificate.

There is no cost to you and the Trust will then reclaim the tax paid on your donation on your behalf from the Revenue Commissioners. All you need to do is to complete the CHY 3 Form and post it to:
Irish Heritage Trust
11 Parnell Square
Dublin 1
D01 ND60

Your Certificate is then valid for 5 years – it can, of course, be cancelled by you at any time.

The impact of this Certificate is considerable and makes a real difference. For example, should you donate €250 the Trust may claim an additional €112.32 in tax back, meaning the true value of your €250 gift is increased to €362.32.

If a company makes a donation of over €250 in the year, the company can claim a tax deduction as if the donation was a trading expense.

There is a four-year time limit for making a claim under this scheme.

Further information from Revenue on the Charitable Donation Scheme can be found here.

Donating from Overseas?

If you would like to support the Irish Heritage Trust from overseas, please contact Paul McCarthy, Head of Philanthropy & Supporter Engagement p.mccarthy@irishheritagetrust.ie.
Depending on your location, tax effective giving may be available to you.

Governance

The Irish Heritage Trust is an independent registered charity governed by a voluntary Board of Trustees and guided by the Code of Good Practice for Good Governance of Community, Voluntary and Charitable Organisations in Ireland.

Charity Regulatory Authority Number: 20061609

Revenue Charity Number: 16848

VAT Number: 9571484R

Company Registration Office Number: 422959

Contact the Irish Heritage Trust Philanthropy Department

If you would like to talk to us about philanthropy, finance or governance at the Irish Heritage Trust, please contact us below:

Philanthropy

Paul McCarthy, Head of Philanthropy & Supporter Engagement
E: p.mccarthy@irishheritagetrust.ie

Finance

Ciaran Griffith, Finance Officer
E: finance@irishheritagetrust.ie

Governance

Daniel Stanford, Deputy Company Secretary
E: secretary@irishheritagetrust.ie

Donations & Data Enquiries

E: donorrelations@irishheritagetrust.ie

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