Christmas Jumper Day

In Partnership with Republic of Work Cork Foundation held a Christmas Jumper Day on the 13th of December last from 11am-1pm in aid of Edel House and Cork Path to help combat homelessness in Cork. It was a great event for a very worthy cause. Thank you to everyone attended our event and to those who adorned their Christmas Jumper on the day. We really do appreciate the continued support. 

We would also like to thank our Friends at TAPSTAK, Scoozi’s Restaurant for providing the yummy mince pies, Republic of Work and of Course Edel House  and Cork Path for their tireless work to help fight homelessness in Cork.

If you would like to support The Cork Foundation and give back to one of our worthy projects you can text FRIEND to to 50300 to donate. Text costs €4. Cork Foundation will receive a minimum of €3.60. Service Provider: LIKECHARITY. Helpline: 076 6805278. All donations are welcome and very much appreciated. 


Tapping into Cork!





Cork Foundation are excited to partner with TAPSTAK, a small innovative group based in Cork whose aim is to simplify the lives of smartphone users. With TAPSTAK on your smartphone, users can Vote, Pay, Reply and Order at the tap of a button. It’s all about making things easier to engage with for the people of Cork and beyond!

Michelle Donovan, TAPSTAK’S Operations Officer says “We’re delighted to become Friends of the Cork Foundation. It’s a fantastic initiative that is doing excellent work for Cork. As a Cork based company, we’re delighted to be working with the Cork Foundation team and it’s great to have the Cork Foundation on TAPSTAK to allow people to donate, support and contact the Foundation at the tap of a button. We are looking forward to attending and supporting more great events with the Foundation in 2018!”

TAPSTAK first came on board with the Foundation towards the end of 2017. They were a great asset when holding our Christmas Jumper Day in aid of Edel House and Cork Path last December. They made it a lot easier for the people of Cork to give back and donate to the growing epidemic that is homelessness in Cork. They strongly believe in connecting people and their product allows users to do this more easily.

Cork Foundations CEO, Padraic Vallely says. “TAPSTAK are a wonderful Cork based company with a great initiative and we are thrilled to have them as Friends of the Foundation. Similarly, to Cork Foundation TAPSTAK endeavour to connect and improve the lives of Cork people. We look forward to working with them in 2018.”

The TAPSTAK app is available to download free on both Apple and Android Stores. If you would like to learn more about TAPSTAK and how to use it, you can visit their website


Cork Life Centre – Student Profile William

William had a rocky beginning in mainstream education. He joined the Life Centre in 2014 as a 3rd year student, two years ago. He is eagerly anticipating his return in September. He described his relationship with the centre as “too strong, it is unbelievable – it’s not just another school this is a family. It has changed my life as well as my families.”

In 2008 After budget cuts, the Cork Life Centre lost all funding from the department of education. However, the centre has still managed to grow and continue to help all the students that pass through its doors. “The donations we receive benefit the students and the teachers so much.” Last year William went to Calcutta in India to help street children, an opportunity he may not have had if he had stayed in a mainstream school. “I am so grateful, it is hard to talk about and explain the experience but it has completely changed my outlook on life, the children have so little but are still so grateful for everything they have.”

The 17 year old is determined to sit his leaving certificate and has aspirations about becoming professionally involved with mixed martial arts. At the tender age of 17 William has already won 6 national titles in MMA and Jiu-jitsu and is currently preparing for the World and European Championships next year.

The Cork Life Centre works to provide services to those students who felt distant from the mainstream education system and to give young people across Cork a second chance at succeeding in a school environment. Deputy director Rachel Lucey says “the developments which have been made as a result of the funding from the Cork Foundation have been consistent and have helped to improve the lives of so many young people throughout Cork city and county.” The centre wants to see their students get a step closer to their aspirations and dreams.



#HackforGood delivers for Cork.

Tech community donate €40k of services over 24 hours

The Cork Foundation, connecting with Cork network globally to support Cork people locally were delighted to partner with Republic of Work for Corks first #HackforGood. On Friday May 12th over 50 volunteers from the Tech sector in Cork came together to help five deserving causes better tell their stories online by totally revamping their online presence in just 24hours.

Hack For Good was a one day event whereby five causes; charities and social enterprises got an online makeover through the skills of volunteers. The event saw over 50 volunteers give 24 hours of their time and expertise to help five organisations develop their online presences at no cost to them. The volunteers ranged from some of Cork’s top design, development, technical, marketing and business talent. 


Rebel Wheelers and their #HackforGood Team

The chosen causes included; The Down Syndrome Centre Cork, Helping Hands Homeless Action Group (part of the PATH Trust), Rebel Wheelers Multi Sports Group, Benchspace Cork and Cork D.A.W.G Over the 24 hours the volunteers developed new web presences, branding, social channels and marketing strategies to help the organisations which otherwise would have cost each organisation a potential of €10,000+. In addition Hack For Good also raised over €2,000 through online and text donations which will be split evenly between the organisations. 


Speaking about the event, Alan Beechinor Chief Executive of Helping Hands Homeless Action Group part of the PATH Trust said “the event was a huge success for us, we started from scratch with our team of volunteers and developed a new logo, website, branding and content. The volunteers worked right through the night and by 10am Saturday morning our new website went live.”  

Path Cork, Cork Foundation, Republic of Work, hackforgood
Team Members of PATH Cork


Padraic Vallely, CEO of the Cork Foundation said “We were delighted to partner with Republic of Work on this unique event. We recognise the importance to society of Social Enterprises and the impact that they make in their communities. This event was a great example of the Tech community in Cork giving back to Cork, by offering time and expertise in overhauling digital platforms for five great organisations in Cork. At the Cork Foundation, we recognise the importance of the social economy and we want to continue to invest in Social Enterprises across Cork City and County.”


The event was supported by a wide number of volunteers and organisations who supported the participants and social enterprises during the day including; Bank Of Ireland, Nespresso, Dukes Coffee Company, Huckleberry’s Doughnuts, Rebel Chilli, Ballymaloe Foods, Twenty Sandwich Bar, GoGo Snacks, Clonakilty Black Pudding, Apache Pizza Harrington & Sons Douglas, Cool Beans and Farm Fresh Foods. 

If you would like to here more about Cork Foundation and get involved, you can visit

Cork Foundation, Republic of Work, HackforGood,
Mary Galvin Cork Foundation, Aine Collins Chairperson Cork Foundation, Leah Fleming Cork Foundation

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Cork Foundation Launch Cork County Council Diaspora Strategy

Deputy  Mayor of the County Cork Cllr Kevin Conway, today launched the Pilot Community Diaspora Initiative. This is a joint initiative between Cork County Council, Cork Foundation and the National Diaspora Programme ‘Ireland Reaching Out which aims to connect Cork parishes with their global Diaspora, creating visibility for their locality while building relationships with descendants of these communities from all over the world.

Speaking at the launch, Deputy Mayor Conway said ‘This is a wonderful opportunity for our Cork parishes to discover their descendants, encourage them to visit while also significantly increasing international awareness of these towns in the first instance. I am delighted to see Cork County Council supporting the Cork Foundation and Ireland Reaching Out with the launch of this innovating and exciting enterprise.’


A number of pilot parishes have confirmed their participation in the Community Diaspora, including Belgooley/Riverstick, Blarney, Castlemartyr, Castletownshend, Clonakilty, Drimoleague, Drinagh, Killeagh/Inch, Passage West, Millstreet, Skibbereen. The Community Diaspora Initiative will build upon the experiences of the pilot parishes and roll out the opportunity for all Cork County parishes to get involved, offering everyone the prospect of tracing their ancestral home.

Áine Collins, Chairperson of Cork Foundation expressed great enthusiasm with this partnership between Cork Foundation, Cork County Council and Ireland Reaching Out, ‘This is a great opportunity to connect our Irish – Cork community abroad and at home. Our Irish community abroad is a National asset which we are delighted to be connecting to their ancestral place.’


Mike Feerick, Founder and Chairperson of Ireland Reaching Out, who was also in attendance and spoke at the event said, ‘The Cork Diaspora is Ireland largest Diaspora. More people left our shores from the County of Cork. As a result, Cork has a larger Diaspora today than any other County. As Ireland Reaching Out develops as the National Diaspora Programme, getting it active on the ground in Cork is hugely important. We are delighted to partner with Cork County Council and the Cork Foundation. Together with can achieve something extraordinary.’

Nicola Radley, Senior Executive Officer Cork County Council also spoke about this exciting and innovative partnership with the Cork Foundation and Ireland Reaching Out, ‘We have a very strong record, and place huge importance, in citizen engagement and facilitating our citizens. We now very much look forward to engaging with Corkonians the world over. Our intention is to first engage with each of our pilot communities and to, in time replicate their success in each and every community in County Cork

Deputy Mayor Conway went on to say, ‘With so many Cork County parishes already included in the Community Diaspora I am in no doubt sure that this will be a highly successful and engaging project that will deliver real and lasting benefits, to the people of Cork and to our Cork Diaspora. Parishes from North and South across the County are represented enabling the Cork Diaspora to trace their home parishes and we will offer all a Cork Céad Míle Fáilte!’

Padraic Vallely, CEO Cork Foundation commented ‘We are delighted to partner with Cork County Council on this unique volunteer driven Diaspora strategy. This is a fantastic chance to reach out to the Irish community abroad and promote the parishes of Cork County, the stories and the heritage in each parish. If you want to get your parish involved, please contact

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Pitch Your Project- 24th November 2016

The Cork Foundation are set to host an event with the Funding Network and Philanthropy Ireland in Cork in the coming weeks. The event will take place on the 24th November- Vertigo Building, Cork County hall from 6pm-9pm. The Funding Network who are specialised in hosting live crowdfunding events and  have already brought their successful model to Ireland; hosting a live crowdfunding session with Philanthropy Ireland and are now set to do the same with the Cork Foundation.

We have received over 50 applications from organisations to pitch their project. Four Cork  charities have been  selected to attend the event and will each be given six minutes to present their social initiative to a room full of Cork business leaders and potential donors. Following presentations the live crowdfunding session then begins, enabling the chosen charities to receive generous amounts of funding for their projects in real time.

We have received over 50 applications from organisations to pitch their project. After going through all applications there are four organisations which are chosen:

Field of Dreams-  Field of Dreams will provide meaningful work and life skills development opportunities for adults with Down syndrome.

First Light- FirstLight offers support and information, and promotes research into the sudden, unexpected, often unexplained deaths of infants and young children.

Helium Arts-  Helium Arts is the national children’s arts and health organisation. We bring art, creativity and play to children and teenagers in hospitals and healthcare settings across Ireland.

Shine Ireland-Shine Ireland  provides services and supports for children with autism.


Karen Millen UK Operations Manager of The Funding Network said “We’re delighted to be partnering with the Cork Foundation to bring TFN back to Ireland. Our events in Dublin and Cork were amongst the most successful launch events we’ve ever had and the generosity of the local community was incredible. TFN seeks to transform lives and we’re excited to offer this opportunity to more brilliant social-change organisations.

Eilis Murray Project Director for Philanthropy Ireland commented “Following the success of previous TFN events, we are delighted to see it coming back to Cork. The event provides an opportunity to highlight Philanthropy by enabling people to participate in an alternative and innovative model of giving. Philanthropy is for everyone.”

Padraic Vallely CEO of The  Cork Foundation said ” We are delighted to be hosting this great event in partnership with TFN and  Philanthropy Ireland. It is so important for the Cork Community to give back to local charities and this is a great chance to fundraise and raise awareness for a number of social issues.”

 Give back for Cork.Make a difference to a number of cork charities. Email  for further information.



Make Them Visible Exhibition

Cork Foundation joins forces with Oxfam Ireland to highlight refugee crisis 

Photo exhibition in Cork’s Triskel Arts Centre showcases contributions from 23 Irish writers imagining life as a refugee

The Cork Foundation has joined forces with Oxfam Ireland to host a photo exhibition at Cork’s Triskel Arts Centre on Thursday, October 20th to highlight the plight of refugees worldwide.

 The Make Them Visible exhibition combines photographs with the written word and is aimed at raising awareness about the situation facing refugees and displaced people from Syria, South Sudan, Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo and beyond. 23 Irish authors supported the Oxfam project by responding to a single image from one of the countries with a piece of flash fiction, a poem or a personal reaction, imagining life as the person(s) pictured

Taking place from 6.00 – 9.00pm, the Foundation is offering the people of Cork an exclusive opportunity to view the exhibition and contemplate this global crisis in a fresh way.

Pádraic Vallely, CEO of the Cork Foundation, said: “The refugee crisis is not just a modern phenomenon or something that happens beyond our shores. Throughout history, thousands of Irish people were forced to leave Ireland, due to famine or economic instability, in search for a better life. “It is crucial to get Cork people aware and talking about the current refugee crisis. As partner to this event, it is vital to highlight this important issue and also provide a chance for Cork people to get involved and learn more about how Oxfam is helping those forced to flee.”

Jim Clarken, Chief Executive of Oxfam Ireland, said; “The Make Them Visible exhibition reflects just a tiny number of those who are caught up in humanitarian crises around the world. Since it was first launched in September 2015, the reported number of people forced to flee their home has increased from 59.5 million to over 65 million, the largest number since the Second World War.


“Through the power of words, 23 writers from across the island of Ireland helped highlight the life of the people in the exhibition’s photos in a new and poignant way, speaking to our shared humanity while also highlighting the plight of those who have had to flee because of conflict and the daily terror and uncertainty it brings. The photos also offer hope for the future and show how solidarity can be the difference between life and death – these refugees and displaced people are the living proof of how much humanitarian aid can impact their lives.”


The Cork Foundation is dedicated to supporting long-term growth across Cork City & County through sustainable job creation by funding and supporting social enterprises and charitable organisations.


Oxfam is a global movement of people who won’t live with the injustice of poverty. The charity is on the ground in nine out of the 10 main countries of origin for refugees in the world including Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia, South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as in neighbouring host countries like Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, along with supporting displaced people in countries like the Central African Republic. Its European refugee programmes are in Greece, Italy, Serbia and Macedonia.

To register online, please click here:




Corporate Governance- Good for Charities?

Cork Foundation and Fachtna O’ Driscoll Partnership

Recently, the Cork Foundation announced their newest partnership with Fachtna O’ Driscoll Solicitors. Talking about the partnership, CEO of the Cork Foundation Pádraic Vallely had stated that “with Fachtna O Driscoll solicitors lending their expertise and knowledge to many worthy non- profit organisations this is a partnership we can really see making a big difference in Cork”.

Both organisations are now shedding some light on exactly how they hope to help non-profits and charities of Cork. Ultimately, Fachtna O’ Driscoll Solicitors recognise the difficulties that non-profit organisations can face in the legalities of starting up an initiative and now approaching their tenth year in Cork, have built up a wealth of knowledge to pass to those hoping to bring their social innovations and initiatives to life and really make a difference.

JC220616 REPRO FREE At the announcement of Fachtna O'Driscoll Solicitors corporate social responsibility partnership with Cork Foundation are Richael O'Driscoll and Cian Moriarty of Fachtna O'Driscoll with Padraic Vallely (centre), CEO Cork Foundation. Photo Joleen Cronin
At the announcement of Fachtna O’Driscoll Solicitors corporate social responsibility partnership with Cork Foundation are Richael O’Driscoll and Cian Moriarty of Fachtna O’Driscoll with Padraic Vallely (centre), CEO Cork Foundation.
Photo Joleen Cronin

This will be one of the main focuses of the partnership with the first official event planned to be a on Codes of Corporate Governance – their importance, function and how they work. The event is due to take place Wednesday 21st September 2016 from 7.30 am-9.00 am at Cork’s River Lee  Hotel and aims to begin an important discussion on the code of governance with examples and speakers from successful Irish charities and social initiatives present on the day to pass on their own advice. Speakers will include Eamon Timmins and Brian Higgins, CEO’s of Age Action Ireland and Pieta House respectively.

Following on from this Fachtna O’ Driscoll hope to provide training and workshops in the areas of risk management, boardroom practices, the roles within organisations, checks and balances and many other areas which start up social initiatives will benefit from.

Overall the Cork Foundation and Fachtna O’ Driscoll anticipate that through lending expertise and training to the many charities and non-profits of Cork they can ensure an easier process for those focussed on making real social change in Cork and therefore help make the impact even greater.

For more information, you can contact Padraic at

JC220616 REPRO FREE Celebrating the announcement of Fachtna O'Driscoll Solicitors corporate social responsibility partnership with Cork Foundation are Padraic Vallely, CEO Cork Foundation with Cian Moriarty of Fachtna O'Driscoll Photo Joleen Cronin
Celebrating the announcement of Fachtna O’Driscoll Solicitors corporate social responsibility partnership with Cork Foundation are Padraic Vallely, CEO Cork Foundation with Cian Moriarty of Fachtna O’Driscoll
Photo Joleen Cronin