How you can make a difference

Our aim is to reach 45,000 children and young people who are living in disadvantaged circumstances across Ireland.

To do this, we need to support a wide range of youth projects as well those incredible youth workers who work tirelessly, and often voluntarily, to ensure children and young people have a future to look forward to.

But we can’t do it without you.

What you can do

Join an event

Join the Malin Head to Mizen Head cycle ride.


From fun runs, to ‘give it up’ challenges, to golf tournaments and virtual cocktail hours. There are plenty of fun ways to fundraise with colleagues and friends.

Donate and invite a friend

What your business can do

Partner with us

and make a difference to the lives of children and young people in your local communities. This is one of the toughest challenges we’ve faced. But the leadership within the youth sector, the frontline staff, the skills, wisdom and infrastructure are all in place, and ready to be mobilised in order to turn things around. All we’re missing are the resources and the empathetic and practical leaders with the vision and values to partner us and transform a generation. All we’re missing is you.

Speak to our CEO Lucy Masterson directly to discuss partnership opportunities.

It’s time for contemporary patriotism. I’ve no doubt we’ll save the country. But we also need to save the country’s young and vulnerable.

Bob Etchingham

CEO, Applegreen

Partnership success stories

In 2020, IYF partnered with health insurance company Vhi to launch the Vhi Health & Wellbeing Fund. The fund supports projects that seek to strengthen resilience in young people and help them manage anxiety, with the emphasis on early intervention and prevention. In 2020 the fund supported 11 projects nationwide, directly impacting 11,994 young people between the ages of 12 to 19 years.

Since 2017, health insurance company Vhi has partnered with IYF to deliver ‘Run for Fun’ an eight-week programme that builds self-esteem and resilience of young people through a specialised fitness and nutrition programme. Since its pilot in 2017, ‘Run for Fun’ has directly engaged 267 young people nationwide. Together they have completed over 1,000 weeks of training and run over 500 kilometres.

For the past three years, IYF has partnered with construction company Linesight to support the numeracy education of primary school children living in areas where Linesight operates. Through the MathsWhizz programme, Linesight’s support has directly connected 270 children with additional maths support in schools in Dublin.

Our Partners

Every year as a firm, PwC makes a significant impact in our communities through a number of charitable initiatives and events. ‘Care’ is one of our core values and, this year, we have committed to doing even more to give back and make a difference. We are delighted to have partnered with the Irish Youth Foundation and Pieta so that we can support the remarkable work they do every day.

Feargal O’Rourke
Managing Partner
Udemy is a proud partner of The Irish Youth Foundation (IYF) to help them achieve their mission to level the playing field for the youth throughout Ireland. As the world’s largest online learning destination, Udemy is committed to creating a more equitable world where anyone anywhere can access the necessary skills to thrive and succeed. Our partnership helps ensure that every young person in Ireland, regardless of circumstance, has a pathway to continued advancement.

Vhi have been partnering with the Irish Youth Foundation for over four years now. The team at Irish Youth Foundation are so passionate about the work they do and the support they provide to the youth sector. They’ve become a truly valued partner for us all at Vhi, so much so that over the past year employees have fundraised on a number of occasions for the organisation. We’re looking forward to continuing this partnership and deepening it in the months and years ahead.

Niamh Walker
Corporate Communications Manager

We’re delighted to support the Irish Youth Foundation as one of our 2021-2023 community partners. Our work with the IYF will focus on their Generation Pandemic programme by supporting pathways to further learning and employment. It will include staff volunteering, pro bono and fundraising support over three years.

Derek Hegarty
Partner, William Fry

The Kelly Family and all the staff here have been delighted to partner with the Irish Youth Foundation over the past number of years. It’s an organisation that aligns with our values as a business and does absolutely fantastic work in our communities. What the IYF do is essential, it is essential to the kids that they impact and to the communities in which we are all based and Glandore will continue to support this organisation long into the future.” Glandore, Co-Working Office Space.

Glandore, Co-Working Office Space
As a recruitment company, our aim is to enhance the lives of professionals and working with the IYF provides an incredible opportunity to make a truly meaningful impact on the lives of Ireland’s youth, the future of our workforce. We partnered with the IYF as from the onset, we shared many common values including growth and engagement. We found the team’s passion, commitment and dedication to the foundation’s mission very inspiring, and we wanted to contribute in every way possible. We have been involved in a number of the IYF’s nationwide campaigns and fundraising initiatives, as well as hosting our own events for which the team have been greatly supportive. Through our partnership, we have seen first-hand how the funds are distributed to extremely worthy causes and we are proud to be involved in shaping a more inclusive society.

Get involved

In 2020, we raised and distributed an additional €500k which benefitted 14,123 children and young people. But we could only meet 6.6% of the staggering €7.5 million requested.

Futures are on the line. We need to do more. YOU can make a massive difference.