The development of Educate Together is a story of active citizenship, struggle against enormous odds, and the successful changing of government policies and social attitudes. There are a number of ways in which you can support the work of the Educate Together national office in making sure that no child is an outsider in Irish schools:
Why does Educate Together need to fundraise?
Despite what we hear reported sometimes, education in Ireland is not free. The State only part-funds education, and it’s up to school patrons like Educate Together to fill the gap. Since 1978, Educate Together has been transforming the Irish education system by offering a truly equality-based school model which is open to all families in Ireland. However, less than half of Educate Together’s operating costs are covered by state aid, so we must raise the balance through trading, service delivery and fundraising.
Educate Together fundraises to support its existing schools and to open new ones. Depending on its size, it costs anywhere from €60,000 to €100,000 to open a new school in Ireland. Educate Together also invests in the ongoing development of the ethos and new initiatives in teaching. But less than 20% of our operating costs are covered by a core grant from the Government and we must raise the balance through trading, service delivery and fundraising.
There is a huge and ever-growing demand for Educate Together’s unique equality-based schools. But the reality is that without adequate funding, we will not be able to meet this demand into the future. The biggest obstacle in reaching our fundraising goals is that members of the Irish public do not realise that Educate Together is in fact a charity.
As a charity, Educate Together achieves a lot with what it has. Fundraising support is badly needed and greatly appreciated.
Donating to Educate Together
- You can make a one-off donation to Educate Together or become a monthly supporter here
- You can donate to Educate Together by post, text and phone. Find out more here
Tax efficient giving
Did you know you if you donate €250 or more in a tax year you can make your donation go even further without it costing you anything extra? If you donate €21 per month or more we can increase the value of your donation by up to 45%!