Women for Election: Our funding

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.


In 2012 and 2013 our core funders included:

Social Entrepreneurs Ireland

The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust


We received additional, smaller grants from the following organisations:

The Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund at the US State Department

The Community Foundation for Ireland

The Ireland Funds

The Communicating Europe Initiative at the Department of An Taoiseach

The Equality Authority


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.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Countess Markievicz Circle or making a gift to Women for Election in another way, please contact Niamh Gallagher, co-founder, on 01-6728050 or at [email protected].