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Volunteers give €649m in unpaid work to charities [31/07/18]

Irish charities are being propped up by 300,000 unpaid volunteers giving €649m worth of labour annually, a new report reveals today.

They are donating an average of 226 hours every year to the €14.5bn charity sector, according to Indecon International Economic Consultants.

The report, commissioned by Charities Regulator John Farrelly, also shows that households with retired people have the highest average weekly spend on charity donations.

They are generously providing an average of €7.08 a week, or €131.14m annually.

Overall, charities are getting public donations of €350m a year.

But it is the Government and public bodies which are the largest source of income for registered charities, accounting for more than half the total funding at €7.7bn.

Indecon looked at 5,746 charities, from large hospitals and universities to small volunteer-led organisations, providing services at community level.








Charity chief John Farrelly commissioned the report. Picture: Tony Gavin



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