Most of the funding for Irish NGOs comes through public donations, or official government aid.In 2005, Dóchas members had a combined income of around €280m, the bulk of which came from the general public. Some 850,000 individuals support the work of Dóchas NGOs and missionary groups, meaning that over 30% of households in Ireland support at least one Irish NGO. Such donations, of time, energy and money, represent the lifeblood of Irish NGOs.
Financial support for NGOs also comes from Irish Aid, the development cooperation arm of the Department of Foreign Affairs, which recognises the particular role and value of NGOs in a range of areas. These include education and healthcare, HIV and AIDS, promotion of gender equality, humanitarian relief, human rights, public education and awareness raising, advocacy and campaigning, governance and accountability, and policy dialogue.