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Forum on philanthropy

The Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan, told Terence Flanagan (FG, Dublin NE) that in June 2010 the government had renewed the mandate of the Forum on Philanthropy, which comprised representatives of philanthropic organizations and government departments (Dail Eireann, Debates, 21st June 2011, 199-200).  The forum had been asked to prioritize valid, timely and comparable data gathering on philanthropy in Ireland; mapping out an appropriate infrastructure for giving; looking at an Irish giving campaign; and telling the story of philanthropy in such a way as to increase public understanding of its contribution, with case studies.  The forum had been transferred to his department on 1st May and he would hold a meeting with the forum shortly.  He intended to extend its membership and remit: ‘I believe there is untapped potential to increase philanthropic giving within this country’.