About Us

It’s time to Rethink Ireland. It’s time to back big ideas and sustainable solutions. It’s time to create the inclusive Ireland we all want to be part of.

Who we are

As Ireland begins its journey of recovery from the crisis, now is the time to come together to build a country that is equal and focused on sustainable solutions.

By partnering with individuals, families and businesses, we identify the different charities and social enterprises working in communities across the country who are making real headway.

Our role is to support these big thinkers with the resources to share and nurture their ideas so that what proves to be effective in their local community has the opportunity to impact our whole country.

What we do

Rethink Ireland provides cash grants and business support to the social innovations who can make a real difference. Our task is to fuel these innovations with the knowledge and the advice they’ll need to succeed on a nationally impactful scale.

We’re here to open doors and give them access to the networks and connections who can help them spread their ideas throughout Ireland. We nurture communities of like-minded organisations who come together to share thoughts and approaches.

Based in Wexford, Galway, Cork and Dublin, our staff are strategically located to hold events, seminars and Accelerator programmes to support social innovations across the country.

Our Vision

Our vision is an Ireland in which social innovations are supported to realise their ideas and make positive societal change.

Our Mission

Our mission is to identify the best social innovations and ideas and provide the business supports they need to help address our most pressing social needs.

Our Values

  • We work with our hearts and our heads – we value compassion, passion and fun.
  • We take smart risks and we allow permission to fail because we know that innovation and risk are two sides of the same coin.
  • We believe that social change is a team sport – we use influence and engagement to build trusted relationships, and we choose to collaborate to achieve our goals.
  • We demonstrate curiosity and a hunger to learn.
  • We value bold ideas and bold leadership, and we develop remarkable people.

Our People

Achieving social change is a true team effort. We influence, encourage and understand each other to build trusted relationships.

What they say

Rethink Ireland’s €1.8 million (Mná na hÉireann, Women of Ireland) Fund has the potential to create a lasting impact and transform the lives of the women involved and add value to our society.

— Former Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD

Over the course of my career, working with Rethink Ireland has been one of my highlights - one of my favourite times. We have actually become so successful we need to find a headquarters. I can’t stress enough how good the Accelerator Programme was for us.

— Karl Flynn, KICK (Kickboxing to Inspire & Challenge Kids)

In setting up the Equality fund we were hoping to fund innovative projects that had been neglected by mainstream funding sources. Rethink Ireland’s experience and dedication made it easy to identify truly exciting projects. The financial match by the Department of Rural and Community Development and the Accelerator Programme cemented the value that Rethink Ireland brought to furthering our philanthropic goals

— Peter Kinney and Lisa Sandquist