An analysis of the last five years of the accounts of the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) shows that the organisation spent over €3.3 million on staff between 2016 and 2020, whilst only spending €502,000, nearly seven times less, on ‘programme activities’ over the same period.
Every year since 2016 the NWCI has spent at least four times more on staff than on programme activities. In 2020, the last year we have accounts for, the NWCI spent €712,611 on staff, and only €62,581 on programme activities. In the same year the NWCI spent €157,496 on rent, cleaning, and office running costs. In three of the previous five years the NWCI has spent more on rent, cleaning, and office running costs than on programme activities. Overall, between 2016 and 2020, the NWCI spent €64,000 more on rent, cleaning, and ‘office running costs’ than it did on programme activities
The NWCI is nearly entirely funded by the state, with the Department of Justice and Equality giving nearly €2.5 million to the NWCI between 2016 and 2020. During that period the HSE gave the NWCI €572,500, and Pobal, an entity funded entirely by government and EU funding, gave the NWCI another €435,239. Add onto that all of the funding that the NWCI has received from various government departments, the IHREC, etc, and the NWCI has received nearly €4 million in public money between 2016 and 2020. The NWCI’s total budget over that period has been less than €5 million.
Then, of course, there’s the EU funding they’ve drawn down – nearly €325,000 since 2016.
Less than 1% of the NWCI’s income since 2016 has comes from individual donations from members of the public, and in 2020 only 0.6% of the NWCI’s budget came from donations – €5,856 out of a total income of €968,048. The NWCI earns considerably more income from rent than they do through donations – since 2016 the NWCI has taken in €95,000 in rental income, but only €32,762 in donations.