Leave a Legacy

After your loved ones are taken care of in your will, would you consider leaving 1% of your estate to The Community Foundation for Ireland (CFI) to support the needs of Ireland in future years. Any monies allocated onwards to other charities and community groups will be based on the needs of the country and its people at that time – whatever they may be – at that time.

“The Community Foundation for Ireland (CFI) has played a valuable role in contributing to fundamental social change in communities across the country. CFI has focussed its work on engaging with some of the most marginalised and excluded communities and groups in our society”. 

Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland, Patron of The Community Foundation for Ireland

Our vision

The Community Foundation for Ireland is funded by its donors and receives no State support. We are here for the long term and will continue to support communities generally and especially those that are more marginalised. A gift in your will can help us do even more.

Click here for some case studies and examples of how your legacy could be used to target support to important causes.

Our annual reports are here . The 2015 report is also a reflection of the first 15 years and provides a broader overview of our work and the impact of our grant-making. You can review our financial and investment reports here.

What we promise

Your legacy will have far-reaching impact. We see the big picture. We have a working relationship with over 3,000 organisations across the social sector, mainly in Ireland.

Your gift will be strategic. We are about many causes, not just one. We work towards being a centre of influence in our community and often team up with other philanthropic funds and donors to have even greater impact.

We are here for the long term: The community foundation concept is over 100 years and exists to underpin the changing needs of society, in perpetuity. It’s a proven model of giving that works.


Your legacy will be cared for. We are one of the biggest grant-making organisations in Ireland and will thoughtfully administer any monies entrusted to us, investing in people, ideas and activities that strengthen our communities.

Your gift will be discreet. You don’t have to tell us if you leave a gift to The Community Foundation for Ireland, but if you do, it will help us gain a greater insight into your wishes.

Why We Are Supporting CFI

“I believe in the aphorism of James Connolly: ‘Ireland apart from her people means nothing to me.” I want to invest in improving the lives of Irish men and women after my death. I feel that The Community Foundation for Ireland is an excellent organisation that will support a diverse range of projects – large and small – in Ireland. It has an impressive track-record.”

Seán Mac Gráinne, a retired school teacher from Dublin explains why he is including The Community Foundation in his will.

“You really need to be able to take a broad sweep in addressing complex issues such as social isolation, loneliness and many other causes in our communities. This is what CFI works for: addressing deficits in our communities and finding effective solutions.”

Donor, The Community Foundation for Ireland

“I think the biggest issue facing the world is our environment. I decided to include CFI in my will with specific reference to supporting environmental projects as I cannot be sure which of the current charities will exist in 30, perhaps 40 years’ time when the gift in my will ‘kicks in’ and no doubt priorities and will change dramatically in the coming decades.”

Donor to the O’Sullivan Family Fund at The Community Foundation for Ireland

 4 Ways you could make a difference through us

Leave an endowed gift: An endowed gift in your will to The Community Foundation lives on long after your lifetime. By investing your money wisely and making grants out of the interest, we can respond strategically to the changing needs of society over many years. We take account of your philanthropic wishes and ensure lasting impact, in perpetuity.

Choose one of our themed funds: You may wish to contribute to one of our existing themed funds to fuel change around particular social issues, such as the Older Persons’ Fund, the Infant Health and Well-Being Fund, the Environment or the Women’s Fund. These funds enable donors with a common interest in a particular social area to pool their resources to support the most innovative and positive solutions.

Set up an area fund: Your fund can help build thriving communities in a particular geographic area. For example, the County Monaghan Fund is already established and making a difference to communities and projects throughout Monaghan.

Create a named fund: You can create a fund in your family’s name, that of a loved one, or anonymously to support your own charitable interests and pass down values for generations to come.

See here for some of our case studies about funds managed on behalf of some of our donors.

Arranging a legacy

The first step to leaving a legacy is to make a will, or to alter your existing will. Making a will is a simple procedure, and a good way of clearly informing your family and friends of your wishes. It is advisable to seek the professional help of a solicitor. We can work with you and/or your professional advisor to help decide the best option.

To find out more

All enquiries will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

To speak to us in confidence contact: Niall O’ Sullivan at nosullivan@foundation.ie or 018747354 or fill out the form below.

View our Legacy brochure here