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How money is spent

How money is spent

Accountability and transparency are central to our values as an organisation. In fact, they are part of our core values. We’re committed to using your donations to transform the lives of some of the poorest people in the world.

In 2023, we reached approximately 30 million people in 26 of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable countries. We spent over €242.3m over the course of the year.

Where your money goes

of your donation goes to Relief and Development

This is spent directly towards our goal of ending extreme poverty.

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  • 7.4%


    This is money spent to raise funds for Concern's work and highlight the needs of the communities we work with.

  • 2.3%

    Global Citizenship and Advocacy

    We invest money in influencing policies and deepening awareness on issues around global poverty with the public.

  • 0.4%


    Funds spent to ensure Concern Worldwide is managed efficiently and adheres to the highest standards.

Highest accountability standards

In our work, we're dedicated to following the best charity codes and policies, from how we deal with emergencies to how we fundraise. We believe that charities have to be accountable, transparent and effective. 

Triple lock membership

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Governance, reporting and fundraising practices combine to provide a triple lock designed to guarantee any charity's integrity to the public. We have been awarded 'Triple Lock' membership from the Charities Institute Ireland, which demonstrates our commitment to best practice in all aspects of good governance, transparency and fundraising.

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Charities SORP

Prize-winning published accounts

Core Humanitarian Standard

Humanitarian Accountability Partnership

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"We take our obligations around transparency seriously. We only exist, and our work is only possible, because of the support shown to us by people, businesses, communities and governments. That trust was hard won and easily lost. Top class transparency is part of what helps us maintain that support."
Gaby Murphy - Director of Development & Fundraising at Concern

Do you have a question about our transparency arrangements?

Our strategic plan

Our strategic plan runs from 2021 to 2025 and commits the organisation to progress under four key goals. They are:

  • Reaching the furthest behind first
  • Driving urgent action on hunger, conflict and the climate crisis
  • Galvanising global support across every generation to end extreme poverty
  • Being a diverse, inclusive and people-focused organisation

Overall, we believe that we are making satisfactory progress on our strategic plan and that delivery on most objectives is broadly on track. The targets are ambitious and continue to stretch the organisation.

An overview of our strategic plan can be viewed below.

CEO's salary

In 2023, the Group’s CEO David Regan was paid a salary of €119,411 and received a 7.5% contribution to a defined contribution pension scheme.

The CEO salary is decided by the Board of Concern based on the skills and responsibility required for the role. A full breakdown of our financial spending can be read on our annual report section.

Maintaining our high standards in accountability and transparency is very important to us. Our annual reports for years gone by are all available online.

Public trust and confidence is so important to us. That’s why we work hard to ensure we are transparent in our governance and management.

Gender Pay Gap Report

This is Concern’s second year to produce the Gender Pay Gap report, and we believe that this report continues to support our workplace values of dignity, diversity, participation and inclusion, and reflects our focus on and commitment to advance equality, diversity and inclusion, specifically gender diversity. 

We saw a slight increase in our gender pay gap in 2023, largely due to an increase in male employees at the upper pay quartiles and an increase in female employees at the lower pay quartiles. 

Our gender pay profile is also heavily impacted by the timing of employee joiner, leaver and promotion activities. 

We have also seen a positive increase in representation between our female and male employees with a gender profile of 50%/50% respectively.

Read the Gender Pay Gap Report below.

Our impact in 2023

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15.5 M

people reached through our emergency response

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9 M

people reached through our health interventions

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2.3 M

people reached through our livelihoods programmes

Aline Joyce Berabose and her mother Marie Ange Berabose at the Resurge Conference, 2018. Photo: Photocall Ireland.

Read our annual report

  • Our accounts are prepared in accordance with the Charities SORP.

  • Our annual report has won Published Accounts Awards 22 times since 1988.

  • We have been awarded 'Triple Lock' membership by Charities Institute Ireland.

Read our annual report
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