IPRT - Irish Penal Reform Trust

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How we are funded

IPRT is not in receipt of any public funds and relies on donations from charitable trusts, individual donations and membership subscriptions to cover its operational costs.

This contributes to guaranteeing the independence of the organisation, which we believe is essential to the integrity of our work.

IPRT is fortunate to have the financial and other support of two main philanthropic funders: The Atlantic Philanthropies and the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust.

In recent years, we have also secured project grant funding from other sources including: the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (joint project with the Dublin Institute of Technology); the St Stephen's Green Trust; the Ireland Funds; and the Community Foundation for Ireland.

We have also received sponsorship for events, such as the Annual Lecture, from KOD Lyons, Sheehan & Partners, A&L Goodbody, and Poetry Ireland.


IPRT believes in total transparency and accountability around how we use funding and donations to achieve our vision of progressive penal reform, with imprisonment as a last resort.

Audited accounts are prepared annually, and approved at the AGM each year. Financial statements for previous years are included in the Annual Reports, available here.