The Irish people are among the most generous in the world. However, it won't come as a surprise to learn that giving levels have dropped dramatically in the last few years.
The One Percent Difference is a new way of giving that enables everyone to give regardless of their financial situation.
The idea is simple. It doesn't matter who you are or what you do, we all give the same – 1%.
It's one percent of you. One percent of your time or one percent of your income, to a charity or cause you believe in.
Where did it come from?
The One Percent Difference is a campaign created by Philanthropy Ireland, the independent association of philanthropic organisations in Ireland.
The goal is to raise giving levels across the board in Ireland. It sounds like an impossible goal but it is actually very achievable.
The campaign is jointly funded by the Atlantic Philanthropies and the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government.
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If every single person & business gave back just a small amount we would really effect actual change in the country.
Through the 1% difference campaign, Morgan McKinley can empower our people to become involved in giving in whatever way they wish - with the charities they feel personally connected with. We believe that promoting a culture of giving is not just the right thing to do, it's the smart thing to do.
I think there's a real onus on us as a food production company to give back.
I think it's important for all businesses to give. Our employees expect it. Our customers expect it. So I don't know how anybody could be in business without giving back to the community.
At Drury we encourage all our consultants to give their expertise and capability to charitable causes. Each of our Directors sit voluntarily on a charity board and the work is very rewarding. Often Public relations, communications advice and campaign implementation assistance is very needed in the charity sector and we're very happy to make good use of our time and skills - it's good corporate citizenship and we all need to do our bit.
We're committed to the 1% Difference as an idea fundamental to any forward-thinking, conscious, aware society. Communications businesses like ours have a key role to play in ensuring that giving is understood as a key part of our social fabric.
Every member of staff in the Healy Group is signed up to giving back – it's part of our DNA at this stage!
Salesforce.com believes in using its people, technology and resources to help improve communities around the world. We dream of the day that every company in Ireland integrates a model of philanthropic giving into their business and the impact that would create.
Isabel Kelly, Senior Director, International - Salesforce.com Foundation
Matheson is proud to support the 1% Difference Campaign. One of the purposes of our Giving Programme is to encourage corporate philanthropy in Ireland and we believe that the 1% Difference Campaign will play an important role in highlighting this issue.
RTÉ is proud to play its part in raising awareness about the 1% Difference campaign and in facilitating the nation'’'s conversation about giving.
Giving back to the communities where we live and work is part of Aviva's culture. We encourage all our employees to utilise their company volunteer time to help where it matters most. Aviva supports initiatives that encourage children back into education or training programmes, because we believe education is insurance for a better life.
At Byrne Wallace, we have seen that by giving and by supporting our staff to give, we can make a truly positive impact in our community. Together we achieve so much more.
At KPMG we believe corporate social responsibility (CSR) is at the heart of all great organisations, and we are committed to making a real difference to our community. We want our employees to be part of this effort and actively get involved in CSR activities that will ultimately have a positive impact on society either through giving of their time, effort or money to a wide variety of deserving causes. We encourage staff to get involved and give back. KPMG supports a large range of charities, community groups and education programmes through strategic partnerships and volunteer engagement opportunities. We are proud to support the 1% Difference Campaign, as it is aligned with our giving efforts.
Businesses large and small and in all parts of the country have a vital role to play not just in the economy, but also in the wider community. The 1% Difference campaign is an important and effective way of helping companies and individuals channel their time, money and expertise into causes that can make a real difference. We all have a part to play.
At Another 9, we recognise that we have a responsibility to give back into society. By coming together to support a common cause, we have not only improved our community but have also improved our staff moral and working environment.
The Company of Food is committed to investing resources, skills & connections in initiatives that address local & global hunger/poverty issues through innovative business solutions. Giving back is not just good for society and your community it's also good for your business and you!
Marketing Network are keen supporters of the 1% campaign and recognise that giving back is an essential part of our contemporary world whereby others can benefit from a small contribution by many.
One Life, Live it. We are a group of licensed instructors committed to giving back to each of our communities whenever we can.
As lawyers, we at Philip Lee Solicitors know about the importance of planning well and sustainability and we recognise the real importance this campaign has for Irish lives. It crucially gives charities the comfort of knowing they have sustainable resources for tomorrow as well as for today. We are very happy to play our part.
At Siteserv, we believe that we all share responsibility for our communities and therefore we will invest our capabilities and resources to lead in this objective. It’s the right thing to do!
One of the core founding principles of Stelfox has been to give a percentage of our profits to charity each year - it gives a whole other level of significance and purpose to our business and employee engagement.
At Wavestone we are committed to the 1% Difference. We believe giving is an act which has an exponential impact.
ISME and our members have always given to our local communities, long before CSR was “invented”. We are proud to be associated with the 1% Difference Campaign and we in the small & medium business sector will continue to ‘always give in all ways’.
Petrogas Global T/A Applegreen work continually with our staff and charity partners to promote the importance of our giving back. Be it our 1c of every transaction donated to our charities, a station run car wash event or our head office staff doing a charity cycle, we promote the importance of dedicating time and effort to charities. We are proud to be part of the 1% Campaign, making small differences for bigger impact.
Ovelle Pharmaceuticals is committed to the promotion of healthy skin and we're very proud of our collaboration with the Irish Cancer Society over the last number of years.
Ballyfree Eggs owe our success to the community - family and farming communities, Therefore it’s important to support those communities, be part of them and give something back.
We set up business in 1995, and Ireland was very good to us in those early years of establishing our company...now it's time to put something back, which is why we are 100% behind the 1% Difference Campaign.
Roche are proud supporters of The One Percent Difference Campaign.
Novartis proudly support The One Percent Difference Campaign.
The British Embassy is delighted to associate itself with The One Percent Difference campaign. We believe that is important for us to play a positive role in the community and to support local charities - and we have lots of fun doing so!
This is our nation, these are our people. The One Percent Difference is a practical way for businesses and organisations to get behind good causes. It is a vote of confidence in the people who work tirelessly for the greater good of the community. The One Percent Difference is giving us all the opportunity to be contributors - It is an opportunity we at Spirit Radio don't want to miss.
We want to share our success - Camida are firm supporters of the 1% Difference Campaign.