Funding and Governance

Serving generations of families in Ireland since 1966, the Irish Heart Foundation is an independent, national, not-for-profit organisation with a mission to stop people from dying prematurely from heart and stroke disease.

The Irish Heart Foundation is a registered charity supported by donations from the public and businesses in Ireland.

We rely on the goodwill and generosity of our supporters to fund lifesaving and life-changing work in prevention, research, CPR, advocacy and patient support.

Every donation we receive helps more people in Ireland live longer, healthier lives.

We are committed to:

Our donors and supporters, who are the backbone of our organisation. We subscribe to a donor charter.

Honesty and transparency about our finances and our charitable spend so you can see the impact of your support. We publish our annual financial statements and annual reports on our website.

We adhere to the Charities Governance Code 

We are governed by a voluntary board of 10 members, from the medical and business communities. Board members do not receive remuneration.

We will openly answer your questions at any time.

Protecting your data – your data is safe with us and we will never share or sell your data to third-party organisations.

The Irish Heart Foundation is:

Where your donations go:


We run 31  support groups around the country, 21 for stroke and a number of other support groups for heart failure, sudden cardiac death, Long QT syndrome, and cardiomyopathy, providing support to thousands of patients and carers every year.


We offer frontline services and programmes in schools, workplaces, and communities across the country which promote and support people to live healthier lives and reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke.


We advocate and campaign to influence national health policy for the better, including in the areas of childhood obesity, stroke, tobacco control, and the provision of high-quality, effective cardiac services.


Every year in Ireland, thousands of people die from sudden cardiac arrest. Around 70 per cent of cardiac arrests happen at home. If you know how to recognise a cardiac arrest, make an emergency call and start CPR immediately, you can double or even triple the person’s chances of survival.

The Irish Heart Foundation runs the largest CPR training network in the country. In 2019 we trained 95,122  people in the lifesaving skill of CPR.

We are always happy to answer your questions. Telephone: 01 6685001 Email:

This is our pledge and promise to treat all of our donors with respect, honesty and openness.

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