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Working together to beat cancer through awareness, education and support services  

Following their mother Marie’s death in 1998 from breast cancer, the Keating family promised to try to provide all women and their families with vital information which could help them to prevent cancer or detect it at its earliest stages.  Their collective aim was to “enlighten not frighten”.   The Marie Keating Foundation is now a leading voice in cancer awareness and information for both men and women in Ireland. Read more About us


Marie's Story 

Cancer had always been that word you don’t mention. It was referred to as the Big C and you always thought “this is it I am going to die”.   Our Mam, Marie Keating, was diagnosed with breast cancer on Wednesday 25th September 1996. Her world and our world fell apart that day……..READ MORE



Why you can trust us

The Marie Keating Foundation, founded by the Keating Family in 1998, has evolved over the years to become a professional organisation which is run like a successful business where efficiency, accountability and transparency are key. Our financial accounts, which are independently audited, are available in our Annual Report-  always available for download from here.


Donations are received and managed with the highest level of professionalism and accountability and in strict adherence to the Commitment to Standards in Fundraising Practice and our Donor Charter . Further evidence to our commitment to sectoral codes are detailed here:

Public Compliance Statement 

Handling Feedback and Complaints 

Disclosure Statement 


Thank you for your support

In 2013, thanks to your generosity, the Marie Keating Foundation raised €1,014,196 (€853,071 in cash and €161,125 in services in kind)*.

Of the costs of charitable activities (€840,140)  we spent these valued funds as follows:

-          Cancer Awareness & Outreach Services: €784,400

-          Comfort Fund Grants: €45,900

-          Young Scientist Bursary: €9,840


€784,400was invested in running our nationwide Mobile Health Information and Community Outreach Service. During 2013, our nurses delivered our cancer education and support services through 371 community and workplace visits and interacted directly with 14,186 people.  GP referrals were made for 221 people. Through our 5 Cancer Awareness Campaigns, (Look After your Girls Breast Cancer: Get Men Talking Men’s Health; Cervical Cancer; Skin Cancer and Your Health Your Choice campaigns), important targeted messaging has been delivered to the public through a variety of channels and media.


€45,900went towards helping people through our Comfort Fund

Our Comfort Fund helps men and women all over Ireland who are struggling financially as a result of their cancer diagnosis. Support was given to 102 people (and their families) who asked for our assistance to alleviate the extra stress caused by mounting household bills, additional childcare fees and transport costs while they were going through their treatment. This fund is designed to give some comfort to people when they need it most so that they can concentrate on fighting their cancer.


€9,840was allocated for a Young Scientist bursary as part of our commitment to supporting those working in the area of cancer research.


Cost of generating funds was 20% of turnover

Cost of charitable activities was 83% of turnover

Overhead expenses were 7% of turnover


Impact of our work

Your support enabled us to reach directly interact with 14,186 through our cancer awareness and support services in in 2013. Thanks to you, hundreds of thousands of people throughout Ireland received vital information about prevention and early detection through our media campaigns and awareness initiatives. Through your generosity, we could also focus some of our attention on special interest groups nationwide such as those working with the intellectually disabled, schools and traveller groups.


With your help we can fulfil our mission

Like many other charities in Ireland, there are no inflated salaries, bonuses or company cars at Marie Keating Foundation. The Foundation relies exclusively on fundraising to continue to provide its services as we do not receive any government funding. It is thanks to your support that we are able to fulfil our mission of‘Making cancer less frightening by enlightening’, by providing cancer awareness and support services to thousands of people in Ireland every year. We hope that you will be reassured that we make every effort to ensure we adhere to best practice in our governance standards. If you have any queries please email Liz Yeates, Director of Public Affairs (  or Michael Dwyer, Chairman (


Governance & Compliance

Our financial accounts, which are independently audited, are available in our Annual Report-  always available for download from here.(*2013 audited accounts will be published at end of June 2014)


The organisation, which has recently completed a governance review, is committed to complying with the Principles of Good Governance under the Governance Code. We also adhere to the ICTR’s Fundraising Code of Practice and comply with the Statement of Guiding Principles of Fundraising.


We adhere to best practice in the following respects:

·         Making information freely available and transparent to the public at all times

·         Adopting an honest and open approach on all fundraising activities

·         Providing a clear assurance to donors that their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given

·         Ensuring there is no misleading or ambiguous information in fundraising communications



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