A woman stands in the middle of her crops at her farm in Nsanje District, MalawiA woman stands in the middle of her crops at her farm in Nsanje District, MalawiA woman stands in the middle of her crops at her farm in Nsanje District, Malawi

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 2021, we reached approximately 39 million people in 24 of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable countries. We spent over €196 million on our overseas programmes.

Where your money goes

90.3%
of your donation goes to Relief and Development

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

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  • 7.1%

    Fundraising

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

  • 2.1%

    Education and Advocacy

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

  • 0.5%

    Governance

    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

Triple lock certification

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.

Triple lock certification

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 2021, the Group’s CEO, Dominic MacSorley, was paid a salary of €113,493 and received a 9% contribution to a defined contribution pension scheme. He received no additional benefits in the current or prior year.

The 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.

Our impact in 2021

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17.8 M

people reached through our emergency response

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11.4 M

people reached through our health interventions

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5.2 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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