As a not-for-profit organisation Women for Election is funded through a mix of philanthropic grants, private donations and revenue generated through our training programmes.

Long-term, sustained funding is essential for Women for Election to deliver on our commitment to political transformation and successfully inspire women to consider politics as a career option.

We are always seeking partners for our work: both funders and organisations similar to ours, in Ireland or internationally, that may be interested in undertaking collaborative projects.

Our core funders have included:

We have received additional, smaller grants from the following organisations:


Countess Markievicz Circle

In 2013, we established our Countess Markievicz Circle, a group of women and men who are committed to supporting Women for Election by:

  • Making a minimum gift of €1,500 per year, renewed over three years
  • Opening their networks to Women for Election to help us grow the movement
  • Members of the Countess Markievicz Circle recognise that to deliver Women for Election’s core mission – to get more women elected – we must have regular, reliable core funding to support the day-to-day running of the organisation.

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The Board of Women for Election is responsible for setting the broad strategy and policies for the organisation, and has oversight responsibility for the activities of the organisation as well as its governance.

Board members are appointed in accordance with the Memorandum and Articles of Association. Board appointments are for a period of not more than three years, and board members are eligible for re-appointment.

In 2018,the Board members are: Alison Cowzer (Chair), Clare Duignan, Niamh Gallagher, Daire Keogh, Caroline Kirrane, Deirdre Mortell, Lynn Ruane and Susan Shannon. The Company Secretary is Margaret Kavanagh. Ciairín de Buis, our CEO, attends board meetings.

The Board of Directors and Company Secretary give their time on a voluntary basis and receive no remuneration.