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.

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

Sabina Cotter

Head of Grants & Programmes

Sabina has degree in Marketing & Management from Dublin Institute of Technology. Her career history began in marketing consultancy & account management for national and international brands. After a time overseas she decided to transfer these skills to the not for profit sector and she joined the Irish Youth Foundation as a Fundraising & Programmes Manager in 2009. Following a successful fundraising career with the IYF she is now Head of Grants and Programmes. She is responsible for ensuring that funds raised are disbursed to the most impactful and innovative projects for disadvantaged children and young people in Ireland. Sabina works closely with our corporate partners to identify their strategic objectives and develops innovative projects and programmes that make a real and impactful difference.

Email: sabina@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

The Extended Team

Our Board

Anna Gunning

Development Director

John Cunningham

Fundraising Director

Cathal Quigley

Development Director

Alvin Price

Legal Director

Eoin Reddan

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!

Deloitte manage our accounts pro bono and support us in preparing for our yearly audit