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The Right Projects

One for Ireland is about making the best possible impact to the most pressing issues. Our research has demonstrated that youth homelessness is the most pressing issue for young people today as well as being somewhere we can make a difference. However, rather than just raising money and handing over a cheque we want to go out and engage with the projects that are making the greatest impact in their communities.

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One for Ireland is all about impact. It’s about getting much needed funding to the best available charity projects. To make sure we select the best charities we are working with a panel of professionals whose experience crosses campaigning and grassroots organization to community youth development and psychology to media and business. Here’s our panel:

Charity Selection Panel 2018

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Tanya Ward

Tanya Ward is the Chief Executive of the Children’s Rights Alliance since 2012. Previously, she was the Deputy Director at the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) where she worked for eight years. She has also worked with the Irish Centre for Migration Studies, the Irish Refugee Council, the Curriculum Development Unit and the City of Dublin VEC. A former lecturer in human rights on the MPhil in Ethnic and Racial Studies, TCD and the Masters in Equality Studies in the UCD School for Social Justice, she is a former board member with Campaign for Children and played a major role in the children’s referendum of 2012. She was also a former Vice President for the International Federation of Human Rights (2008-2011). Tanya has graduate and post-graduate degrees from UCC and a LLM in Human Rights from Queens University Belfast as well as a Certificate in Managing Community and Voluntary Organisations from the National College of Ireland. Tanya is currently the Children’s Rights Alliance’s representative on the National Advisory Council for the National Policy Framework for Children and Young People. She is also a board member of the Law Centre for Children and Young People Board, a member of the Planning Group of the Prevention and Early Intervention Network and a member of the Oversight Board for the Childcare Law Reporting Project.

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Emma Lane Spollen

A qualified management accountant and programme manager with a post grad in Implementation Science (TCD 2015) and BA in History and Politics (TCD). Emma has worked in big business, start-ups and since 2001 the Irish non-profit sector. Within the area of social change and improving outcomes, Emma has worked on all sides of the table. Within NGO’s (CEO, Comhlamh and Integrating Ireland), philanthropy (Deputy CEO, One Foundation; Advisor, the Tony Ryan Trust) Government (seconded to DCYA) and statutory agencies (Tusla). This has given her unique insights and valuable understanding of the contributing perspectives and barriers to change. Emma has served on the Boards of the Irish Refugee Council, the NCCRI, Dochas and Stand Up For Children.

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Professor Eoin O'Sullivan

Professor O’Sullivan is a Professor in Social Policy at Trinity College Dublin. He is considered one of the country’s leading experts on homelessness and has contributed to and authored a range of publications and research on the homeless situation in Ireland and abroad. His research and interests include Housing Policy, Homelessness, Comparative Welfare States, and History of Irish Social Policy. He has also served as Lead Editor on the European Journal of Homelessness, as well as appointments as Ministerial appointee as Chair on a range of committees.

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Sabina Cotter

Sabina is Head of Grants and Programmes at the Irish Youth Foundation. She works closely with children and community workers across the country to develop and maintain Youthbank programmes to give young people in Ireland the chance of a bright future.

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Niall McLoughlin

Niall is the CEO of the Irish Youth Foundation where he has worked since 2012. Prior to that he served as ISPCA Director of Fundraising and as CEO of the Irish Osteoporosis Society. Before working in the not-for-profit sector Niall was Managing Director of Ross Communications and holds a BA Degree from Maynooth University, a Higher Diploma in Public Relations from the Fitzwilliam Institute and a Certificate in Fundraising from Fundraising Ireland. Niall has been heavily involved with the One for Ireland project from the beginning.


One for Ireland does not commit itself to a given charity. In order to have the best impact we will divided Ireland into geographical regions and a percentage of the funds raised will be assigned to each region, benefitting one of our partners.

We will award projects based on several criteria including: the suitability of the organisation as a whole to take in funding, the purpose of the grant, projected impact and effectiveness as well as the overall innovativeness of the project. The conditions of the grant include full transparency on all funds awarded and grants must not be utilised for the purpose of administrative expenses. Grants cannot be given to salaries, except for those absolutely essential to support the application in question and all money must be used specifically for the purpose to which it was granted.