The winners of our ninth annual Philanthropist of the Year awards were announced at a luncheon hosted by Marian Finucane in Dublin on the 8th February. This year’s winners are:
- Maurice Healy as National Philanthropist of the Year for his significant support for a number of charities including Social Entrepreneurs Ireland (SEI), An Cosan and Anam Cara.
- Applegreen as Corporate Philanthropist of the Year as they have generated over €1million in support for a number of children’s charities including Barnardos, ISPCC and Debra.
- SAP as International Philanthropist of the Year for their African Coding Week initiative which to date has supported over 400,000 young people in Africa
Commenting on the award winners, Tina Roche, CEO, The Community Foundation for Ireland stated:
“Within The Community Foundation for Ireland, we believe that a strong trust and foundation sector is an inherent part of a healthy democracy. Philanthropy provides an alternative source of funding, which is much needed in Ireland given the traditional over reliance on state funding. Philanthropy also provides a form of social engagement – allowing those who have done well in society to give back. But perhaps most importantly in these turbulent times, philanthropy is crucial in questioning and challenging the status quo and in supporting marginalised communities and advocacy. I congratulate these wonderful winners as we hope they will inspire many more individuals and companies to give strategically and with impact.”
Maurice Healy- National Philanthropist of the Year
Cork businessman, Maurice Healy is the recipient of the National Philanthropist of the Year Award for 2016. He was nominated by Anam Cara, a support service for bereaved parents and siblings. Maurice supports a number of charities through The Healy Foundation which was set up in 2009. An entrepreneur, Maurice has helped a number of organisations both financially and with business advice and support. He has supported An Cosán with a number of scholarships as well as Anam Cara and Social Entrepreneurs Ireland with financial and non-financial supports.
Applegreen- Corporate Philanthropist of the Year
Nominated by Barnardos, Applegreen is the recipient of the Corporate Philanthropist of the Year Award. Applegreen is a major petrol forecourt retailer in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland with 114 sites. Applegreen’s Charitable focus for 2016/2017 is to support the children of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Every time customers make a shop and fuel or a shop-only purchase, the company donates 1c to the Applegreen Charitable Fund. The fund is further boosted by ongoing fundraising activities and events organised by Applegreen staff.
Funds raised for Barnardos will enable hundreds of vulnerable children attend an Early Years Intervention Programme. For the ISPCC, raised funds will support the Childline service which receives over 400,000 calls and texts annually. Finally, DEBRA Ireland will be supported to fund a nurse to visit the homes and support families of children with EB (Epidermis Bullosa), a heart breaking and rare genetic skin disorder.
“The funds raised by Applegreen staff and customers will have a life changing impact on the children and families we work with”, Fergus Finlay, CEO Barnardos.”
SAP- International Philanthropist of the Year
SAP is the market leader in enterprise application software. SAP, together with the Cape Town Science Centre and the Galway Education Centre joined forces to create Africa Code Week. The aim of the initiative is to empower future generations with the coding tools and skills they need to thrive in the 21st century workforce and become key actors of Africa’s economic development. Last year, the initiative introduced coding to 426,758 young Africans.