The Community Foundation for Ireland which is taking a leading role in responding to the Covid-19 Pandemic has announced the appointment of Denise Charlton as its new Chief Executive Officer.
Human rights campaigner Denise takes up the role from Tina Roche, who co-founded the foundation and has guided it for over two-decades to become a leader in philanthropy with over €50m in grants for communities across the country.
The organisation is currently engaged in distributing €5.5 million in donations already received through ‘RTE Does Comic Relief’ to respond to Covid-19.
On the announcement of her appointment Denise Charlton said:
“It is an honour to take up the leadership of a foundation which is committed through strategic donations to maximise support for people, often facing huge difficulties and challenges. It is a tribute to the vision of Tina Roche that over the past 20-years The Community Foundation for Ireland has been recognised as a leader in the field, not just in Ireland but internationally.
Our mission is for a country where everyone is equal and communities thrive. Amidst the ongoing Pandemic and through any period of recovery that mission is more important than ever.
The generosity of viewers during ‘RTE Does Comic Relief’ shows they support our goals and are willing to play their part. As we approach Budget 2021 we will engage with the new Government in an effort so that the positive impact of this generosity is maximised. Ensuring Ireland has an enabling environment for philanthropy by incentivising major gifts and legacies remains a policy priority.
I look forward to working with the team at The Community Foundation for Ireland and our partners right across the country in order to achieve that goal.”
Announcing the new appointment, Mike Gaffney, Chairperson of the Board of the Foundation added:
“The Community Foundation for Ireland is a positive force for good. It supports families, the vulnerable and entire communities. It has advanced the cause of equality. It has provided solidarity and support during periods of enormous social change, unprecedented economic success followed by a deep economic crash. That work is a tribute to our founder and out-going CEO, Tina Roche.
The Board of The Community Foundation for Ireland is delighted that Denise Charlton will now take up the baton. Denise has a strong background in social justice and has championed many equality causes in Ireland. We look forward to Denise leading The Community Foundation for Ireland as we work towards creating a fair and equal society for all.”