The Women’s Fund

Inspiring women, supporting women

the - womens-fund-about - Philanthropy Ireland - the Community foundation for ireland The Women’s Fund for Ireland is a long-term philanthropic fund, connecting women who care with causes that matter. The Women’s Fund fuels change in our communities by supporting the most innovative and positive solutions to the issues facing women and girls today.

Research shows that when women and girls prosper, entire communities succeed.

Established  in 2010, The Women’s Fund acts as a bridge:

  • Linking women who feel fortunate in their lives and would like to lend other women a helping hand;
  • Bridging the generations and providing a resource for Irish girls and women throughout their lives;
  • Connecting women who care with causes that matter – supporting activists and grassroots organisations in the areas where they want to help; and,
  • Spanning present and future – through pooling and carefully investing donations, the income generated is used to fund worthy projects now and in years to come.

To learn more download (PDF 0.6MB) here, to view our Women’s Fund for Ireland brochure.

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For further information on the Women’s Fund please contact Jackie Harrison 01 874 7354 or email

Supporters of the Women’s Fund

Many people have supported the work of the Women’s Fund since it was set up in 2010. We would like to particularly thank the initial Steering Committee which assisted us in setting up and promoting the Women’s Fund. Led by Helen Collins, the other members of the Committee were Niamh O’Carroll, Dee Lynam, Jessie Collins, Chantal McCabe, Caroline Keeling, Susan McKay and Philippa McCarthy; all of whom continue to be involved in supporting the Fund in a variety of ways.

The Women’s Fund also enjoys the support of a number of high profile supporters, who as leaders in their own field can provide us with vital networking opportunities through their contacts in the wider community and therefore are helping us to communicate the aims and aspirations of the Fund to a growing and wider audience.

List of Ambassadors

Norah Casey, Harmonia
Denise Charlton, Immigrant Council of Ireland and Turn off the Red Light Campaign
Sam Coulter-Smith, Master of the Rotunda Hospital
Anastasia Crickley, NUI Maynooth
Margaret Kavanagh, Women in Banking and Finance
Caroline Keeling, Keeling’s Ltd.
Damini Kumar, European Ambassador for Creativity & Innovation
Sheila O’Flanagan, Author
Marie O’Toole, Irish Country Women’s Association
Deirdre Purcell, Author and Journalist
Orla Tinsley, Cystic Fibrosis Campaigner