Trócaire envisages a just and peaceful world where people’s dignity is ensured and rights are respected; where basic needs are met and resources are shared equitably; where people have control over their own lives and those in power act for the common good.
Your support changes lives. Trócaire has an obligation to you, our supporter, to make sure that your 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.
93% goes on charitable expenditure
7% is spent on raising funds
During 2015-2016 we spent €58.3 million to support over 2.4 million people in 25 countries across Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
As a charity supported by voluntary public donations Trócaire is committed to:
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).
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:
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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.
7% of your donation is used to raise funds to carry out this work and the remaining 93% of our income goes to our charitable expenditure.
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.
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 25 countries, a staff of over 400 people, and a current budget of €65m (year 2016/17).
The number of staff during 2015/16 was 409.
We worked in 25 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East during 2015/16. Visit our Where We Work section for more detail.
Our head office is based in Maynooth, Co Kildare.
No top ups or bonus payments are made to staff in Trócaire.
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.
No, Trócaire does not currently engage in on-street fundraising.
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.
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)
Bishop William Crean (Chair)
Sr. Geraldine Henry
Prof Monica McWilliams
Bishop Donal McKeown
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
We are hugely grateful to the public for their support of our work. Last year, your donations of €24.9 million were put to critical use in 25 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 2015/16 amounted to €40.5 million.
€8.3m Lenten campaign
€6.6m General donations and bequests
€5.3m Regular giving
€2.8 Emergency appeals
€2m Christmas and Gifts campaigns
€18.4m Irish Aid
€1m EU and ECHO
€8.8m Dept of International Development (UK)
€1.8m Australia Aid
€10.5m Other institutional funders
During 2015/16 we spent €65.8 million to support over 2.4 million people in 25 countries across Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
For more detail see:
Bishops of Ireland's Pastoral Letter establishing Trócaire
We adhere to the following legislation and standards of good practice:
Irish Charities Tax Reform Group
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.
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.
We are committed to quantifying our organisational carbon footprint each year to understand and reduce the impact of our activities on the environment.
Trócaire Head Office, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland, W23 NX63. Tel: +353 1 6293333
Republic of Ireland: Charity Regulatory Authority No. 20009601; Revenue Number CHY 5883.
Northern Ireland: Charity Commission for NI No. NIC103321; Revenue Number (HMRC) XR10431; Company Number NI021482.