The Marie Keating Foundation cannot survive without the generous support of the general public and our corporate partners. When you donate to the Marie Keating Foundation, we know that it is important to you that the funds are spent wisely. At the Foundation, we are and have always been scrupulous with every euro that is entrusted to us to spend on our cancer awareness mission. We ensure that every activity we undertake is measurable, realistic and properly accounted for. We have best-of-class corporate governance structures and standards, which we have recently had independently reviewed by PWC. We have an exceptionally committed Board of Directors, none of whom take fees or expenses for their work or time. We have our accounts independently audited by Mazars and post them on our website as part of our annual report. You can read the Marie Keating Foundation’s 2015 Annual Report here.
We are a registered charity (CHY 12916) and the Marie Keating Foundation is also listed on the Charities Register of the Charities Regulatory Authority (CRA Number 20038953).
Further information about our efforts to be as transparent and accountable as possible are outlined below.
How we spend the donations we receive
For every €1 the Marie Keating Foundation receives, we strive to spend 80% on our services, such as cancer awareness and support programmes. We have prioritised service delivery and minimised overheads as much as possible to obtain this goal. The remaining 20% of funds are spent on generating future funds and on administration and governance.
The funds we receive allow us to provide the following services:
- Mobile Information Units– the Foundation has three mobile information units, each staffed by a registered nurse. The units are equipped with take-home information leaflets on each of the key cancers, and the nurses also provide practical advice on healthy lifestyle choices. Because of the donations we receive, this service is available free of charge to both men and women, nationwide. For more information, click here.
- Cancer Awareness Campaigns such as information on how to spot the main symptoms around the key cancers such as breast cancer, lung cancer, skin cancer, bowel cancer, testicular cancer and prostate cancer. To visit our cancer information section, click here.
- Schools Cancer Awareness Programme– This programme aims to promote awareness among students at post-primary level about various forms of cancer and to help them understand the importance of detecting cancer at an early stage. By making cancer ‘less frightening by enlightening’ for students, the programme endeavours to engage students with age-appropriate, interactive and informative material. The eight-module programme is available free of charge for teachers. For more information, click here.
- Comfort Fund– The Marie Keating Foundation provides financial assistance to people who are currently receiving treatment for any kind of cancer and who, as a result, find themselves in financial difficulty. Each grant is based on each individual case and is a one-off payment. It is intended that the fund will help to alleviate difficulty with transport costs, additional childcare charges or any other costs directly related to the treatment period. The fund is administered and accessed in association with the Irish Breast Care Nurses Association and senior Social Workers at each hospital. Patients should talk to either their Breast Care Nurse or Senior Social Worker for further advice. Applications are not accepted from patients directly and the Comfort Fund must be applied for through a health care provider directly involved in the patient’s care. For more information, click here.
Why does the Marie Keating Foundation need to use funds to generate future funds?
Because the Marie Keating Foundation receives no government funding (with the exception of a National Lottery Grant in 2015), it is vital that we continuously fundraise so that we can continue to provide cancer awareness and support services to the general public.
The Marie Keating Foundation has to raise in excess of €1 million each year to maintain its cancer awareness and support services. Whilst there are inevitable costs associated with our fundraising events and activities, we do our very best to ensure these are kept to an absolute minimum. These costs include, for example, venue hire and promotional costs for fundraising events such as quizzes, balls, cycles and walks. The Foundation also faces all the other costs that every organisation faces such as staff, office rent, utility costs, computers, desk chairs, and bank charges. However, here again, we do our utmost to ensure that any costs are kept to a minimum and we only spend what is necessary in order to do our work well.
Why does the Marie Keating Foundation spend any money on administration?
In order to run as effectively and professionally as possible, the Marie Keating Foundation needs a strong organisational structure in place. Under the guidance of our Board of Directors and senior management team, we have become as lean as possible so that we can continue to provide our services with the minimum of overheads. We think carefully about every euro we spend to ensure that we are getting the best value for money.
The Marie Keating Foundation welcomes the fact that the Charities Regulator has been given new powers of investigation and enforcement from September 2016. It is vital that all members of the charity sector are held to the same high standards and that these are enforced so that the general public can have the highest levels of trust in the not-for-profit sector.
Your trust means the world to us and we want all our supporters to feel confident that they can continue to believe in us.
The Marie Keating Foundation adheres to and implements the following codes:
- The Governance Code for Community and Voluntary Organisations in Ireland
- Irish Charities Tax Research (ICTR) Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising
- Statement of Recommend Practice (SORP) Accounting Standard
The Marie Keating Foundation has a Donor Charter, which sets out its commitments to donors and prospective donors.
If you would like to learn about our Board of Directors, please click here.
Our annual accounts can be viewed below:
- Marie Keating Foundation 2015 Annual Report
- Marie Keating Foundation 2014 Annual Report
- Marie Keating Foundation 2013 Annual Report
- Marie Keating Foundation 2012 Annual Report
- Marie Keating Foundation 2011 Annual Report
Our impact in 2015:
Some of the ways that the Marie Keating Foundations achieved its mission in 2015 are outlined below:
- Our nurses reached over 22,760 people through our mobile units and community outreach service. Over 440 venues were visited, from schools and shopping centres, to offices and community centres. Over 30% of locations were in disadvantaged areas.
- Our Comfort Fund supported over 345 individuals and families struggling financially because of cancer. Comfort Fund grants totalled over €145,000.
- 113 teachers were trained in the Marie Keating Foundation Schools Cancer Awareness Progamme as part of the Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) In-Service Training Programme, in turn reaching over 8,000 secondary school students
- We implemented national cancer awareness campaigns on skin cancer, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, men’s cancers and healthy lifestyle choices to educate the general public on the signs, symptoms and prevention measures of these common cancers
- We launched our Survive & Thrive programme. Over 450 cancer survivors attended free courses nationwide to learn how to adjust to the ‘new normal’ after they finished cancer treatment.