CHARITIES in Co Donegal
are being urged to get registered as soon as
possible or risk damage to their reputations and
An estimated 303 charities operate in the county and
while about half have engaged with the Charities
Regulator only 62 have completed their details on
the Public Register of Charities. Every charity in
the country must be registered by Saturday, April
“Charities have had over a year to complete their
details and file their first annual report with us
and time is nearly up," said Charities Regulator
head of registration and reporting Eamon O’Halloran.
"We recognise that registration may seem daunting
especially to smaller charities, so we have
simplified the process. We have a dedicated team
here in the office to help by email, through our
website and over the phone.
The Charities Regulator was established in October
2014. Its vision “is for a vibrant, trusted charity
sector that is valued for the public benefit it
It said trust and confidence "are qualities that are
hard earned and easily lost".
Trust of charities by the Irish general public
"remains fragile". A recent survey conducted by
Amárach Research for Fundraising Ireland found that
over half of respondents had no opinion or didn’t
trust charities to some degree.
All registered charities will be placed on the
Public Register of Charities which provides details
of who they are, what they are set up to do, and who
is responsible for running the organisation. For
more information see