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Official GAA Charity Partnerships

As the country’s leading 32-county sporting/community organisation, each year the GAA receives a large volume of requests to work in partnership with charities and other worthy causes.

To maximise our potential as a supporting partner, the Association now selects each year, five official charities. Each chosen charity receives a €20,000 donation. This is part of an on-going GAA initiative stretching back to 2010 that has seen the GAA select a number of specific charitable organisations and foundations each year in a bid to assist them in raising awareness about their work and also champion them in their fund-raising efforts throughout the coming year. In recent years, the work of the official GAA charities has also been highlighted on national match days such as the GAA’s annual health-themed All Ireland semi-final in Croke Park in August.  

The five charities from around the country and representing a range of different causes were selected by the Association to be charity partners for this year.

The charities are:

• Mayo/Roscommon Hospice Foundation

• Cavan/Monaghan Palliative Care Fund

• Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation

• Concern Worldwide

• Kerry Hospice Foundation

Seán Ó hÓráin, Uachtarán CLG, said:  "We are pleased to confirm the GAA Official Charities for 2018 and look forward to working with them in the coming months to help promote the excellent work they do.

"Assisting organisations who undertake charitable work fits with the values of the GAA and I hope the relationship with us helps shine a light on the tireless work they do for the benefit of others."

Any good partnership depends on shared understanding, values, and goals. The official GAA charity application form is designed to assist us in better understanding why a charity is seeking to partner with the Association and what values and goals we share. It also seeks to ascertain basic information about how a partnership might benefit the charity’s target audience and the GAA membership, while also offering an opportunity to highlight how you see the Association supporting your activities, and vice versa.

If you are interested in being considered as an official GAA charity for 2019 an application form can be downloaded from the top left section of this page.

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to provide the GAA with a copy of their audited accounts from the previous year. Successful charities are announced in the weeks following GAA Annual Congress, which usually is held over the last weekend of February.

Please return your completed application form to teresa.rehill@gaa.ie no later than close of business on December 12th, 2018.

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