About Us

A Quick Introduction

Who We Are

The Irish Youth Foundation (IYF) was founded in 1985 as an independent charitable trust dedicated exclusively to meeting the needs of vulnerable children and young people living in disadvantaged circumstances. Whenever possible IYF seeks to address the underlying causes of poverty, educational disadvantage, homelessness and social exclusion experienced by children and young people.

Due to a wide range of social factors many children are denied their most basic rights – the right to a decent education, the right to be supported by caring adults and the right to a way of life that is free of fear and discrimination. The groups we support are innovative “grassroots” projects run by passionate professionals who understand young people and care about them.

Our Mission

What We Do

We fund and develop programmes and projects for children and young people living in disadvantaged circumstances. We provide financial support in the form of grants to local community and voluntary youth groups working with at-risk and disadvantaged children, such as after-school and homework clubs, summer programmes, sporting clubs, creative education projects and active citizenship activities. These projects are beacons of hope which enhance and improve their lives.

Our programmes provide opportunities for children and young people from disadvantaged and underserved communities to succeed and excel in their lives.

In the last 30 years the IYF has raised over €20 million and supported more than 2,000 projects on the island of Ireland, reaching 50,000 young people directly.

100% of our funds are privately raised. We do not receive any Government funding and raise funds through our fundraising events, campaigns and corporate donations.

Staying transparent


The Irish Youth Foundation strives to apply the highest standards of governance in our work, and we have committed to adopting the Governance Code for Community, Voluntary and Charitable Organisations. As a fundraising charity, we are also compliant with the requirements of the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising and are registered with, and submit our annual accounts to the Charity Regulator. In addition, we publish our annual accounts here on our website. We work very hard to ensure that all the funds we raise are applied most effectively and efficiently to fulfil our mission.

Financial Accountability

We are committed to the highest levels of transparency and good governance in all that we do. We owe it to our donors and supporters to show clearly how donations are spent. Below are our most recent annual reports:

Irish Youth Foundation is a registered Irish charity (CHY5957). Our audited accounts are filed each year with the Registrar of Companies allowing full public access to company accounts at any time. We have adopted the use of Charities SORP (FRS102) in our financial statements, signed up to the Guidelines for Charitable Organisations Fundraising from the Public, we fully embrace the work of the Charities Regulatory Authority.

Our Company Office Registration Number is 105853 and our office is registered at The Mews, 10 Pembroke Place, Dublin 2.

The Irish Youth Foundation has adopted the Governance Code for Community, Voluntary and Charitable Organisations. As a fundraising charity we are compliant with the requirements of the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising. As members of Charities Institute Ireland we are committed to the ‘Triple Lock’ standards of ethical fundraising, annual and financial reporting, and good governance. See video here.

You’re in good company

Meet Our Team

Lucy Masterson

Chief Executive

Prior to joining IYF Lucy was CEO of Charities Institute Ireland. During that time she was a member of the Consultative Panel on the Governance of Charities established by the Charities Regulator.

In 2012 she co-founded Hireland, a multi award winning social initiative which started as a kitchen conversation with friends discussing the economic crisis that had hit Ireland and grew into a national movement calling on the nation’s small and medium enterprises to kick-start Ireland’s economic recovery by pledging to hire 1 more person. Over 5,400 jobs were created since Hirelands inception in 2012. She has been recorded by Forbes magazine as leading the charge with social entrepreneurship.

Lucy has 20 years experience marketing national and international brands. She lectures NFP Marketing  at US University Champlain College where she is also a board director and she  has worked closely with the UCD Innovation Academy as a mentor. She is a graduate of Philosophy from UCD and a post graduate of Marketing from the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. She is currently completing the Diploma in Corporate Governance at the UCD Michael Smurfit Business School.

Email: lucy@iyf.ie

Sarah Edmonds

Head of Fundraising & Events

Sarah joined the IYF in May 2017 as Fundraising & Events Manager, with a degree in French & Spanish and a postgraduate diploma in Event Management & PR. Sarah manages all IYF events and campaigns to maximise funding for the various projects and programmes we support, and also tries to ensure that our supporters have as much fun as possible at our events! Sarah also has a masters in Psychotherapy, and is committed to supporting mental health awareness.

Email: sarah@iyf.ie

Charlotte Jones

Events & Fundraising Executive

Charlotte joined the IYF in April 2018 as Fundraising and Events Executive. She has a degree in Modern History and Archaeology from Queen’s University Belfast and previously worked in heritage and tourism before moving to a career in the not-for-profit sector. Charlotte supports the delivery of all fundraising campaigns and events, as well as assisting with the administration of grants. Charlotte manages the IYF social media strategy to communicate our work and impact in supporting children and young people living in disadvantaged circumstances.

Email: charlotte@iyf.ie

The Extended Team

Our Board

Cathal Quigley


Anna Gunning

Development Director

John Cunningham

Fundraising Director

Alvin Price

Legal Director

Eoin Reddan

Development Director

Michael McLoughlin

Development Director

Niall Woods

Development Director

Lorcan Tiernan

Development Director

It wouldn’t be be possible without them

Companies Supporting Us

Glandore share their incredible salubrious offices with us pro bono. This family business opened their arms to us in 2017 and we just love it. It’s hard to go home!

For the last 7 years O’ Hea Pr has supported us with pro bono PR support telling the media and public about our impactful programmes and fantastic corporate partnerships. Roisin and her team have got us on the front page of the Irish Times, RTE NEWS, The Late Late Show and regional print and radio coverage across Ireland.

The team here support us with pro bono creative for  all our events, campaigns and programmes. They are super talented and super cool!

JCDecaux Ireland support us with our events and sponsorship activity on a yearly basis, as well as spreading the word about the work of the IYF. They also help our volunteers stay connected at our Bloomsday event on the Just Eat Dublinbikes.