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Accountability

Your support changes lives. Trócaire has an obligation to our supporters and funders, to make sure that donations are being spent wisely and that you know how your money is being used. We want to reassure you that Trócaire takes the trust you place in us very seriously.

Where your donations go

During 2016-2017 we spent €57.1 million to support over 2.6 million people in 23 countries across Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

  • 94% goes on charitable activities

  • 6% is spent on raising funds

View our latest Annual Report

Trócaire’s promise to you

In return for your support, you are entitled to:

  • An official receipt in recognition of your donation;
  • Information concerning the projects which Trócaire supports;
  • Confidentiality and a choice as to whether you wish to receive further information from Trócaire in the future.

Trócaire will maximise the value of your donation by:

  • Seeking matching funding from official bodies such as the Irish government, UK government and the European Union. 
  • Availing of tax concessions provided to charities in order to increase the value of your donation.

In relation to emergency appeals:

  • Funds will be utilised as speedily as possible;
  • An average of 98% of donations go on charitable activities;
  • If for any reason, such as high-risk security situations, it is not possible to spend all funds received in the particular emergency within a reasonable period, Trócaire will devote any remaining funds to tackling poverty in other areas of great need. When this occurs it will be highlighted in our Annual Report

We are transparent and open about our finances.

As a charity supported by voluntary public donations Trócaire is committed to:

  • Preparing fully audited accounts which are available to you for inspection, in accordance with the Statement of Recommended Practice for Charities (SORP);
  • Working hard to keep governance and fundraising costs to a minimum (94% of income goes on charitable activities);
  • Members of the board serve a maximum of two three year terms, to constantly refresh ideas and skills. Board members do not receive any remuneration;
  • Trócaire does NOT give salary top ups or bonus payments to any personnel.

If you have any concerns about your donations, please contact our support care team online or call 1850 408 408 (Republic of Ireland) or 0800 912 1200 (Northern Ireland). 

Common questions about our work and finances

How can I support Trócaire’s work?

We couldn’t do the work we do without the incredible support of people throughout Ireland and diaspora overseas. We are hugely grateful for this support. There are many ways to get involved:

Does Trócaire recruit volunteers?

Yes, Trócaire greatly appreciates the commitment of our volunteers and welcomes new ones. Right now, volunteers are needed to help with community fundraising, campaigning and outreach. To find out more visit our volunteer page or contact  our Volunteer Coordinator on 01 6293333

How much of my donation is used for fundraising?

6% of your donation is used to raise funds to carry out this work and the remaining 94% of our income goes to our charitable activities.

Trócaire is dedicated to ensuring that every donation we get is put to its best use to tackle global poverty on behalf of our supporters. Donations are managed with the highest level of professionalism and accountability. The organisation prepares its financial statements according to the Statement of Recommended Practice for Charities (SORP).  We also get the maximum benefit out of each donation through matched funding. For every euro given by an individual supporter to Trócaire, we can spend €2.63 on our work because we match our public income with funding from the Irish government, European Union, UK government and other official donors.

What is your CEO paid?

Trócaire is a professional organisation that demands the highest standards from its employees on behalf of the people we support overseas and on behalf of those who support us in Ireland.

Our Executive Director, Éamonn Meehan is paid a salary of €118,750 per annum, is a member of the company pension scheme and has the use of a company car valued at €7,689 (BIK).

Trócaire’s Director manages a highly professional development agency with programmes in 23 countries, a staff of over 400 people, and a current budget of €63m.

How many people work in Trócaire?

The number of staff during 2016-2017 was 427. 

How many countries do you work in?

We worked in 23 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East during 2016-17. Visit our Where We Work section for more detail.

Where is your headquarters?

Our head office is based in Maynooth, Co Kildare. 

Do you pay tops ups or bonuses?

No top ups or bonus payments are made to staff in Trócaire.

Does any of my donation go to governments overseas?

No, none of the donations received by Trócaire go to governments overseas. Trócaire’s overseas expenditure is allocated to local projects by its overseas offices across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East and we carry out our work in partnership with local organisations based in the communities we are assisting. 

The local organisations we support have a true insight into the specific problems their people face, in addition to their culture and language. They also have years of expertise in how best to deliver projects in collaboration with local communities. Together we work in partnership to address serious challenges facing poor people such as drought, water shortages, human rights abuses and poor governance.

By working in partnership with these organisations, we don’t implement one-size fits-all projects devised purely from an Irish perspective, but work from the ground up, listening to what people want and giving them support, ownership and control over how the problems they face should be solved.

Does Trócaire engage in on-street fundraising?

No, Trócaire does not currently engage in on-street fundraising.

Who are the board and trustees? Do they get paid? How are they appointed?

Bishop William Crean, Bishop of Cloyne, was appointed Chairman of Trócaire in June 2013. 

The Trustees of Trócaire are appointed by the Catholic Church’s Episcopal Conference. There are seven Trustees. They appoint a Board consisting of up to 14 members to advise and assist on the governance of Trócaire. 

The Trustees and Board are the custodians of Trócaire’s vision, mission and values; they approve strategy, structure, annual plans and budgets and ensure the organisation is effective and accountable. The Trustees appoint the Executive Director of Trócaire and have delegated a range of day-to-day decision-making powers to the Director and the Executive Leadership Team.

Our Board members are not remunerated for their work.  They serve a maximum of two, three-year terms, to constantly refresh ideas and skills.

Our Trustees are:

  • Archbishop Eamon Martin (Chair) 

  • Archbishop Diarmuid Martin 

  • Archbishop Michael Neary 

  • Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly 

  • Bishop John Kirby 

  • Bishop Noel Treanor 

  • Bishop William Crean (Chairman of Trócaire)

Our Board members are:

  • Bishop William Crean (Chair) 

  • Harry Casey

  • Sr. Geraldine Henry

  • Éamonn Meehan

  • Margot Lyons

  • Prof Monica McWilliams

  • Fiona Tierney

  • Chris Queenan

  • Bishop Donal McKeown

  • Deirdre Kenny

  • Fionnuala Waldron

  • Conall O’Caoimh

  • Gerry Culligan

  • Sandra Lawler

Our Executive Leadership Team is: 

  • Éamonn Meehan, Executive Director

  • Finola Finnan, Director of Strategy, Programmes and Advocacy (Deputy Director of Trócaire)

  • Sean Farrell, Director of International Division

  • Fintan Maher, Director of Public Engagement

  • Joseph Shannon, Head of Human Resources

  • Gwen Dempsey, Director of Fundraising and Marketing

How we raise our money

We are hugely grateful to the public for their support of our work. Last year, your donations of €22.2 million were put to critical use in 23 countries across the world.

Along with donations from the public, Trócaire receives vital support from governments and other institutional donors. This funding supports both our long-term development projects and our humanitarian work. 

Income from institutional donors during the financial year 2016-17 amounted to €40.1 million

Public income 2016-17:

  • €7.4m Lenten campaign

  • €9m General donations and bequests

  • €4.8m Regular giving

  • €947,000 Special appeals

Institutional income:

  • €23.9m Irish Aid

  • €1.4m EU and ECHO 

  • €4.6m Dept of International Development (UK)

  • €1.3m Australia Aid

  • €8.9m Other institutional funders

For more detail on how money is raised and used see:

Our accounts, organisation and strategy

During 2016-17 we spent €57.1 million to support over 2.6 million people in 23 countries across Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. 

For more detail see:

Legislation and standards of good practice

We adhere to the following legislation and standards of good practice:

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Commitment to Safeguarding Programme Participants

Trócaire is committed to ensuring its policies to safeguard programme participants from abuse and exploitation are fit for purpose and that the actions of its staff, contracted parties and other third parties including visitors and volunteers are always appropriate. We also require that our partner organisations demonstrate a similar commitment. 

Stakeholder accountability

For Trócaire, accountability means recognising and responding to the expectations placed on us by all our stakeholders, these include our programme participants and their communities; our partners, Trócaire staff and volunteers. They also includes the Catholic Church, our supporters, the public, media, donors, host governments, regulators and bodies operating under contract to Trócaire.

Trócaire’s Carbon Footprint

We are committed to quantifying our organisational carbon footprint each year to understand and reduce the impact of our activities on the environment.