Cork Foundation’s London Community Launch


Cork Foundation were delighted to launch the first International Community in London on Thursday 28th of September, kindly hosted by Ambassador of Ireland to the UK Adrian O’Neill. Cork Foundation, whose main aim is to connect Cork network globally to support Cork people locally.  This non-profit organisation matches local and international donors to social enterprise projects, creating sustainable jobs, improving lives and providing the mechanism to give back in a meaningful way.  The long-term plan is to establish international communities in nine different cities, London being the first and then utilising these overseas networks and engaging the Cork diaspora so that vital funds can be raised for worthy projects and organisations in the Cork region.



Over 150 people attended the launch which took place at the Embassy of Ireland. It was a great opportunity for individuals and businesses to see the real impact that the Cork Foundation is having as well as how they too can get involved and keep connected to Cork. Ambassador O’Neill, as well as London Community President Michael Collins were in attendance.


Irish Ambassador Adrian O’Neill. Picture by Malcolm McNally, The Irish Post

Ambassador O’Neill said, “I am delighted to host the Cork Foundation’s first International Community event. The work being done by the Foundation is an excellent example of how connecting with Ireland’s global diaspora can create lasting and meaningful change all over Ireland. As Ireland’s largest county, it is only fitting that Cork should have such a strong link to one of the largest centres of Ireland’s overseas community. I look forward to seeing the positive contribution made by the overseas networks created by the Cork Foundation.”


 Michael Collins said, “I am privileged to have seen first-hand some of the projects that the Cork Foundation supports. These projects are having a real and positive benefit on people’s lives. The Cork community in London are well known for their generosity and they now have the opportunity to “give back” to Cork by supporting the fundraising efforts of the Cork Foundation.”


CEO Padraic Vallely said “We were thrilled to launch our International Community in London because there is such a connection to Cork here. Cork Foundation wants to engage with Irish people who have left our shores and show them that there is a meaningful way they can give back to their community from where they come.”


Cork Foundation London Community President Michael Collins.


The event was attended by London based businesses and community leaders with a strong link to Ireland and Cork. The organisation offers people a practical and meaningful way to contribute to their community back home. The evening also allowed individuals and other organisations to come together to see how best we can all continue to have a positive effect on Cork in the future.


Chairperson and founder of the Cork Foundation Aine Collins said, “Irish people abroad see themselves as part of the Irish community and that is a national asset that we’ve never really focused on. Tonight, wouldn’t have been possible without the Ambassador O’Neill and we thank him and his team so much for all of the support and for hosting this event that is so significant for the growth of the organisation”

 Cllr Ian Doyle, Deputy Mayor of Cork county, Cllr John Sheehan, Deputy Lord Mayor of Cork city and Niall Healy from Cork County Council are pictured with Bill Taylor, Mary O’Brien, Geraldine Curtin, Hilda O’Brien, Mary Wood and Larry O’Leary from the Cork Asc London. Picture by Malcolm McNally, The Irish Post


The event was a tremendous success and signified the start of more international community events to come.  The organisation’s diaspora strategy hopes to deliver economic benefit through investment in social enterprises throughout Cork City and county and to inspire Irish people abroad to stay connected to Cork.






Dukes Coffee Give back to Cork

Thank you to Dukes Coffee who recently hosted a fundraiser on behalf of Cork Foundation.

Dukes coffee kindly hosted the Cork Foundation in a fundraising drive on Friday 7th June raising awareness and fundraising for projects in Cork City and County.  Through online and offline donations over €750.00 was raised on the day.

“The aim of this campaign is to get people active and talking about the importance of social enterprises for the community. Our key aim is to get people giving and by texting FRIEND to 50300 , a €4 donation will be given to social enterprises projects across the county” said Chairperson Cork Foundation Aine Collins.

We are connecting with the Cork Business community to create awareness and provide funding models for worthy social enterprises across Cork City and County.

Do you or your organisation want to Give back to Cork.

Contact our team today and we would be delighted with any help that you can give to Cork Foundation.

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Amarenco Solar announce new partnership with The Cork Foundation


28th September, 2016: Amarenco Solar are delighted to announce a new partnership with the Cork Foundation. Amarenco Solar is the Cork-based independent power company that builds, operates and invests in solar photovoltaic plants. Amarenco is a fast growing company across European markets.

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.  The Cork Foundation is very pleased to work so closely with a successful business, having such a positive long-term effect on our environment.

Amarenco Solar are ensuring their corporate social responsibility (CSR) engagement is truly local by hosting Cork Foundation staff in their offices.

06 Sept 2016 - REPRO FREE Olivia Roche, Technical Development Manager; Padraic Vallely CEO; John Mullins, CEO; Paul Dicker, Project Manager Ireland; Nick Howard, Chief Treasurer and Bill Corbett, Business Development Manager, pictured at the launch of Amarenco Solar Corporate Social Responsibility Partnership with Cork Foundation Picture: Michael O'Sullivan/OSM Photography Press Release sent in via email
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Olivia Roche, Technical Development Manager; Padraic Vallely CEO; John Mullins, CEO; Paul Dicker, Project Manager Ireland; Nick Howard, Chief Treasurer and Bill Corbett, Business Development Manager, pictured at the launch of Amarenco Solar Corporate Social Responsibility Partnership with Cork Foundation
Picture: Michael O’Sullivan/OSM Photography
Press Release sent in via email

 CEO of Amarenco Solar, John Mullins, a board member of The Cork Foundation said: “This initiative presents both organisations with a great opportunity to make a real difference in Cork. We are proud to implement our first CSR initiative at Amarenco Solar and it is great to work alongside The Cork Foundation. It is all about giving back to Cork communities and we want to empower other businesses in Cork City and County to get involved.


CEO of the Cork Foundation, Pádraic Vallely said:  “At the core of the Cork Foundation we are about Cork people helping Cork people – this has been epitomised by Amarenco providing us with our office space. With our offices now located on Anglesea Street, we are confident that with a strong base/foundations under us, it will spur us on to the next level. Amarenco have had incredible success in a relatively short period of time with their work in renewable energy, this gives us great hope for the possible effects of our partnership on the wider Cork Community”.


It is hoped that this partnership may inspire and encourage other business leaders in Cork to see the importance and benefits of giving back. Corporate Social Responsibility is a wonderful opportunity for brands to connect and invest in community around them.






Connecting organisations’ in Cork that can #Give4Cork in a non-monetary way by donating time, facilities, products and energy to Cork Charities, identified by Cork Foundation through the support of Cork’s 96FM and Cork Cares.

All this week, Cork Foundation in partnership with  96fm and CorkCares are going to connect individuals and companies in Cork City & County that can #Give4Cork in a non- monetary way.

How? Simple! – Donate your time, offer your facilities, give products or share your expertise/skills to Cork Charities that have been identified by Cork Foundation.

Simply go to Cork Cares website for a list of charities in need, and pledge what you can.


Wish List

Name of Organisation

  • First Light is calling on all Cork Call centres, help FirstLight achieve the impossible by donating time and expertise to make 6,000 calls on behalf of FirstLight,
  • First Light Calling on all Cork marketing and PR experts out there.Can you help to grow our FirstLightCork100 campaign to 100 business sign ups in 2 weeks
  • Common Purpose Cork youth programme ‘Your Turn’ second level students. Sourcing three venues for each of the programme days and catering for each day for 30 students and 2 staff.
  • Good Shepard Cork New volunteers both in the projects and to help out with fundraising events and collections.
  • Good Shepard Cork We also need uniforms and school books and equipment for children who are homeless and resident in Edel House.Good Shepard Corktowels, toiletries – toothbrushes and toothpaste, crockery, pots and pans and other kitchen / cooking equipment for the homeless women and families resident in Edel House.
  • Support After Crime Serivces New computer,Support After Crime SerivcesMonitoring camera for our premisis
  • Active Connections Outdoor Equipment inc
  • Adult sized wetsuits
  • Buoyancy Aids of all sizes
  • Kayaking helmets
  • Sit on top or river kayak/canoes
  • Mountain bikes
  • Surf board
  • Rain coats and trousers
  • Fleece jackets, hats and gloves
    Active ConnectionsProfessional Support inc
  • Business Mentoring
  • Contracting
  • Accounting/Auditing
    Active ConnectionsLogistical Support
  • A new vehicle
  • An equipment trailer
  • 3 computers
  • 3 phones
    Cork Life Centre Volunteers
  • Cork Life Centre  New laptops
  • Field of Dreams
  • Polytunnels (to given size and spec)
  • Garden sheds
  • Modular buildings
  • Palisade fencing
  • Gardening tools / wheelbarrows / potting tables etc
  • IT equipment
  • Office furniture
  • Canteen equipment
  • Kitchen ware
  • Classroom furniture (for adults)
  • Sanitary ware
  • Storage
  • Hard landscaping materials
  • Signage
  • Picnic tables
  •  Bins
  • Office supplies
  • The Health Zone
  • A social media / marketing expert to volunteer their time in helping us to market ourselves better
  • A Spacious & Inspiring & Positive venue to hold our live events – ideally 1500 square foot +
  • A donation of a projector and screen for our movie nights
  • Cork Environmental Forum
  •  Free office/desk space in City
  • Volunteer to help with PR/ Social Media
  •  Volunteer with HR experience for the Board
  • Cork Community Art Link
  • Volunteers – stewards for parade, carpenters, drivers, artists and musicians etc.
  • Computers and printers – all of our computers are very old, very slow and can’t cope with modern software.
  • Projector and screen
  •  Workshop/carpentry tools
  •  Fire extinguishers
  •  Paint, varnish etc.
  • Parade equipment – generator, inverters, PA systems, trailers.
  •  Folding chairs
  • Printing of flyers, brochures etc.
  • Rebel Wheelers
  • Facilities for training basketball hall
  • Help with administration and pr
  • Website Design

Cork Community Art Link:

1. Volunteers – stewards for parade, carpenters, drivers, artists and musicians etc.

2. Computers and printers – all of our computers are very old, very slow and can’t cope with modern software.

3. Projector and screen

4. Workshop/carpentry tools

5. Fire extinguishers

6. Paint, varnish etc.

7. Parade equipment – generator, inverters, PA systems, trailers.

8. Folding chairs

9. Printing of flyers, brochures etc.


 Volunteers to teach basic computer skills to older people in various locations around the city and county

·         Volunteers to do small DIY jobs free of charge for older people

·         Volunteers to help to advertise and promote our services so that older people know they can call on us for help

·         Equipment for our new office and training room including;

o   Good quality office chairs

o   Meeting chairs

o   A business-use colour printer

o   A projector screen

o   Speakers for use with our IT equipment

o   Portable or wall mounted heaters

o   Tea Coffee Dispenser flasks (for meetings/training sessions)


computer equipment as our current ones are very old and struggling under the strain of Windows 10!






Calling Cork People At Home and Abroad…

Founded in 2013 with the ideal of “Cork people helping Cork people”, the Cork Foundation has maintained this philosophy ever since. The past few years have been difficult for the country as a whole and Cork has been granted no exemptions from the economic struggle. However, emerging social enterprises and initiatives have shown that beneath the fiscal hardships of recent years

Cork has an untapped potential ready to be unleashed.While there are many varying issues that continue to provide a hindrance to the growth of Cork,there are equally as many organisations and individuals willing and wanting to provide a combatting help.

We have in the past worked with social enterprises that have dealt with varying issues affecting Cork, from childcare to youth mental health and the refurbishment of neglected areas of Cork City.

However we are also constantly connecting with many other worthy causes who are in search of donors or any businesses willing to give their time or staff to help give back to Cork and truly make a difference.

Some of the charities and projects that we are working with to locate donors include Glounthaune Homes Trust, an incredibly professional organisation aimed at creating communities better suited to elderly or retired residents in Cork in order to improve their quality of life. IWISH; an inspiring Cork based initiative which hopes to encourage young girls to pursue STEM careers, a long term investment in the future of Cork. Some other initiatives include , an organisation working hard to ensure that physically disabled children can be safely included in sports teams or Cork Cares; a student run business in which 20% of certain purchases in Cork City goes towards a Cork charity. Other charities we have connected with operate in the areas of post­natal depression, increasing tourism and culture in Cork, twinning Cork communities with similar towns overseas, and youth mental health.


Although we work with and help charities and organisations with many varying issues at their core, the common thread for us with each of these is job creation in Cork.

The growth and potential mentioned above is not something we want to simply work on or create, we want to make it as sustainable as possible. Ultimately we want to help Cork grow again and this can only be done through creating more jobs.

We have recently and hope to continue to connect with the greater Cork diaspora. We recognise that Cork has given an abundance of talent to the world in entertainment, business and sport and we hope to harness some of this and give back to Cork.

If you are an organisation or charity that can help create more jobs in your area of work and want to make a real social change in Cork you can find more about how we can help and our application process on our website .

Similarly, for Corkonians at home or abroad looking to give back and support, summaries of various worthy causes and charities in Cork can also be found on our website.

All of your help to make Cork a great place to live is greatly appreciated.




That was the consensus of those in attendance at our Business Networking Event held in the Port of Cork this morning. A large audience of

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business leaders and interests in the Cork area, heard from a panel of speakers on their experience of the added value for business from their engagement in corporate giving.

While research on companies engaged in giving to good causes indicates business benefits, the real life local examples presented at the meeting this morning gave unique insights into what is happening locally. From engagement with local environmental projects to local schools educational projects, from support for growing social enterprises to supporting tourism initiatives, the examples were broad ranging.

Organised by Cork Foundation in partnership with Philanthropy Ireland, the panel discussion of key speakers were drawn from the Cork business community including KPMG, Port of Cork, Junior Chamber Cork, Yellow Harbour and John M Sweeney.

Brendan Keating, CEO of Port of Cork highlighted the broad mix of activity undertaken by the company in their giving, from direct funding to the provision of volunteer time and resources. He emphasised the need for business to strategically align their giving with the objectives of the business.

This was echoed by Karina Howley, Head of CSR in KPMG, indicating that given the profile of their workforce – many young educated talented future leaders – they focus heavily on supporting education initiatives. Karina also spoke of the need for business to engage with causes being supported, saying it is ‘…often too easy just to write a cheque, that does not provide real engagement or thoughtful giving’.

Eilis Murray, Executive Director of Philanthropy Ireland, highlighted the opportunity for business leaders to provide local leadership on corporate philanthropy. “Forums such as this for the exchange of information and insights on how business can engage with philanthropy and giving, will provide encouragement for all to be involved’.

In the closing debate, there was consensus that planned, structured, strategic giving programmes make significant contribution not just to a cause but also to the business, by supporting staff engagement, customer satisfaction and corporate profile.

Padraic Vallely, CEO of Cork Foundation encouraged all those present to keep the conversation going locally and to engage with the Cork Foundation for support and guidance. ‘This is why we are here, to engage with local business community to facilitate the effective support for local projects. It is about Cork giving back to Cork.’

If you missed the event, check #CorkforCork on Twitter for updates throughout the event or for further details contact


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